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Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones

Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones

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Patrice is shy, studious, and out of her element in Chicago, where she moved with her mother after having grown up with her grandmother down south. When her mother goes to jail for identity theft, Patrice lives with her Aunt Mae, taking care of the apartment and her younger cousins, and dreading the walk to and from school where she runs a gauntlet of rowdy, loud kids. Her two rays of hope are an opportunity to qualify for a scholarship to an African-American boarding school and her new friendship with Monty, a boy she's associated with the loud kids but who has taken a protective interest in her. Coretta Scott King New Talent Award.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book is about a little girl who has big academic dreams. She wants to go to a good university but she can't afford it. So, she does outstanding academically and gets a scholarship to go to boarding school because she believes she can get a better education there. She goes through many hurdles to be able to attend boarding school and this book talks about all the difficulty she is having. She only has one support system which is a boy who she became very close with.Everyone makes fun of her hair because its always standing up. I got a little bored with this book because it wasn't attention grabbing. It was basically the same throughout the whole thing. Nothing really changes, no climax, no suspense.
  khanai | Dec 9, 2013 |
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Honestly, Patrice has so much she could complain about. Certainly I know many people who complain about their lives who could never compete with Patrice. Why is she living with her aunt in Chicago? She had a good life with her grandma, living down south; well, that is, until her mom came and got her and took her back to Chicago.
  lnommay | Jul 12, 2011 |
I enjoyed this book and really liked the characters. Patrice, the smart girl who must essentially raise herself, and Monty, the tough guy who turns out to be smart and kind, form an unlikely friendship. Their relationship grows through the strory and the reader is rooting for them to succeed. My main complaint about the book is that is isn't very deep. These characters all have deeper issues and while it is nice to suspend reality and watch things happen in a storybook manner, it also isn't very believable. I liked the book but I'm not sure it will stay with me for long. ( )
  karen813 | Oct 8, 2009 |
Good book for youth facing trials, obstacles, and loss.
  depaja | Oct 12, 2008 |
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Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is “Puffy” – thanks to her giant poof of hair. But Patrice’s hair isn’t the only reason she sticks out: she cares about her grades and strives for the best. That’s why Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who lives in the building, asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. Even though Monty’s friends make Patrice uneasy, Monty himself is friendly, confident, and surprisingly smart. When he becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy – her ticket out of the project and a school populated by gangs and drug runners.
In her debut novel, Traci L. Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities.
Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.

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As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

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