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We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

by Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins

Other authors: Sharon M. Draper

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Great book for struggling students. ( )
  nickietravis | Jul 26, 2015 |
6th grade and up
perseverance
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  josephla | Jul 18, 2015 |
This book is a biography details the lives of three young men from Newark, New Jersey. Those around them were involved in drugs and gangs and often went to prison. The three boys stayed together and pushed one another to become educated and eventually become doctors. The story highlights how important it is to have supportive- long term friendships. The three boys work together to “beat the street” and accomplish their dreams. I liked this book because of its inspirational message and its value on friendship. I also liked how the book switched between the authors writing and real life quotes and conversations from the 3 boys. It kept the book interesting and made it an easy read. ( )
  pnieme1 | May 4, 2015 |
Three boys are growing up on the tough streets of Newark, New Jersey, USA. This is the story of the pact they made to improve their lives through providing support to each other through the bad times. They each made it through high school, college, and medical school whilst their childhood friends followed another path into criminal activity. Today, the three doctors give back to their communities in the hope of inspiring young people to follow their path, rather than he usual one of crime on the streets.

Some of their messages; 'Find people who inspire and encourage you and stick with them. Pick your friends carefully - those with goals similar to yours'... "The person who is successful is the one who doesn't quit".

An inspiring story, told in a series of chapters on each boy during their journey. Excellent reading material for teens. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Dec 31, 2013 |
This book is three stories in one. It tells of three street kids who made a lot of mistakes growing up, but used friendship and positive peer pressure to become successful doctors. The text is easy to read and the message is encouraging to any age and all walks of life. I would recommend the book to anyone who needs a lift or just wants to read some positive material.
  aje3 | Jul 7, 2009 |
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Sampson Davisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hunt, Rameckmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jenkins, Georgemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Draper, Sharon M.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is a true story. We are real people. W e started out as kids in the toughest neighborhoods of Newark, New Jersey, and today we are doctors. We had to fight drugs and crime and hopelessness.
Sampson, Age 6 - "I'm going with you," a six-year-old Sampson Davis bodly told his brother, Andre. Sampson, with honey-gold skin; large eyes with long lashes; and dark, curly hair, stood with his feet spread apart and his arms folded across his chest, daring his brother to challenge him.
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Sampson, George and Rameck could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. They came from the tough neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, where survival, not schoolwork, was the priority. When the three boys met in high school, they recognized in each other the desire and ability to "beat the street." They made a friendship pact, deciding together to take on the biggest challenges of their lives: going to college, then medical school. Along the way they made mistakes, faced disappointments, and nearly failed, but by working hard, finding positive role models, resisting negative influences, and supporting each other at evey trn, they achieved their goals--and more. Today, Drs. Sampspn Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt--who call themselves the Three Doctors--work in the same community where they grew up, helping the people in their neighborhoods. Sampson and Rameck are doctors, and George is a dentist. ... In addition to working in their respective medical practices in Newark, the run The Three Doctors Foundation, creating opportunities for inner-city communities through education, mentoring, and health awareness. Their adult book, The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, reached the top of the bestseller lists and led to honors from Essence, Oprah Winfrey and many others. ... [T]hese charismatic men received numerous requests for a book that would make their story accessible to children at risk of falling victim to "the street", which led to the writing of We Beat the Street, in which revealing anecdotes from the Three Doctors' childhood, teenage, and young-adult years are brought vividly to life by award-winning author Sharon M. Draper. It is their hope that the compelling story of their extraordinary friendship will inspire readers to form pacts of their own and reach for the stars [adapted from book jacket (2005)].
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Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison.  But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.  It took a lot of determination—and a lot of support from one another—but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded.  Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.

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Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors. It took a lot of determination-and a lot of support from one another--but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.… (more)

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