TWISTS AND TURNS by Janet McDonald


Age Range: 12 - 14
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After graduating from high school, sisters Keeba and Teesha Washington decide to turn their talent for hair-braiding into a business and open a beauty shop. Although eager for success, the newly minted African-American entrepreneurs of TeeKee’s Tresses are inexperienced and have to cope with a myriad of obstacles, including a dearth of customers, an unexpected rent increase, and malicious vandalism. Set in Hillbrook Houses, a down-at-the-heels housing project in Brooklyn, McDonald once again shows off her extraordinary ear for teenage street slang and ability to write convincing dialogue. Nonetheless, this rather modest Horatio Alger inspirational lacks focus and urgency. The piece has more characters than it can handle and the reader never becomes deeply involved in the girls’ struggle. It’s a shame, because McDonald’s message to kids—find a talent, then work hard to achieve a goal—is one that can’t be stated too often. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-374-39955-7
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2003


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