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Sweet Thang by Allison Whittenberg

Sweet Thang

by Allison Whittenberg

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Charmaine lives with her family in 1970s Philadelphia. After her Aunt Karyn was killed by an abusive boyfriend, Charmaine's family took in her son, Tracy John. Now 6 years old, Tracy John is driving Charmaine crazy. All she wants is her own room, to someday be beautiful and for "African Greek god" Demetrius to pay attention to her. It takes the realization that Tracy John still misses his mother for Charmaine to see that family is the most important thing.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
good book hated the villans attitude makes me want to hiot her in the head with a bat ( )
  JordanX | Dec 31, 2007 |
: Family bonding—the hard way. Maine’s Aunt Karyn has been killed by her husband who then shot himself. Good, since he was obviously beating her up to that point. Maine’s family take in Tracy John, her six year old cousin, and through a series of personal discoveries as she moves from childhood to womanhood, she learns to see others for what they are, act upon the justice she believes in, and use the courage her whole family possess and displays, to make life for Tracy John wonderful as well as for herself. Witty, gutsy, inspiring—a must read for all ages!
If You Liked This, Try: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer, New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, Clay by David Almond, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. ( )
  avcr | Dec 15, 2007 |
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Growing up in Philadelphia in 1975, 14-year-old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice. Unfortunately, she gets none of it in her life: not from her parents, who make her share a room with her tap-dancing brother Leo; not at school, where light-skinned, Barbie-doll-haired Dinah Coverdale steals all the boys’ attention and makes sure dark-skinned Charmaine knows it; and certainly not from Tracy John, her six-year-old cousin who’s taken over the family. When Charmaine is charged with babysitting her spoiled cousin after school, that’s the last straw–something’s gotta give. And when Charmaine cracks, she starts to see the world in a whole new light. Can Charmaine learn to love herself, her mahogany skin, and her attention-starved little cousin? Sometimes when everything falls apart, putting it back together can help you see the truth.

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In 1975, life is not fair for fourteen-year-old Charmaine Upshaw, who shares a room with her brother, tries to impress a handsome classmate, and acts as caretaker for a rambunctious six-year-old cousin who has taken over the family.

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