BEGGING FOR CHANGE by Sharon G. Flake

BEGGING FOR CHANGE

Age Range: 11 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

This sequel to Money Hungry (2001) stands on its own, as the tale of a young teenage girl struggling to do right by people in hard times. Raspberry Hill and her mother have a new home in a tough neighborhood. Her mother is hospitalized when a neighbor, on whom she’s called the cops one too many times, takes revenge. Raspberry is still fixated on hoarding cash (her security blanket), which gets her into big difficulties when she takes some from her best friend’s purse. Her friends from Money Hungry are back, and their old issues (being of mixed race, having absent parents) resurface. So does Raspberry’s dad—a homeless drug addict, who loves his daughter on the one hand and betrays her on the other. Direct, conversational narrative and dialogue, and the representative urban setting make this a work that many different types will be able to enjoy on various levels. (Fiction 11-15)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7868-0601-X
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2003




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