after tupac and d foster

Excellent summer reading for tweens:

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

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The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they’re keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world—like the shooting of Tupac Shakur—and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When—all too soon—D’s mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.  Age range:  10 and up.  <book link

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Lately, I’d been feeling like I was standing outside watching everything and everybody. Wishing I could take the part of me that was over there and the part of me that was over here and push them together—make myself into one whole person like everybody else.
—  Jacqueline Woodson, After Tupac and D Foster
Lately, I’d been feeling like I was standing outside watching everything and everybody. Wishing I could take the part of me that was over there and the part of me that was over here and push them together - make myself into one whole person like everybody else.
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After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

This book made me feel a lot of feelings about growing up, being an adult, and whether or not we ever really find ourselves or become the whole person we want to be.