Hip-Hop High School

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Theresa Anderson is every kind of smart: too smart-mouthed for her own good, street smart enough to deal with a neighborhood that gets more dangerous every day, and more book smart than anyone knows. But with the example of her super-achieving older brother towering above her, Theresa hasn't even been trying. How can a girl compete against the family favorite, especially when he's a certified local hero? With her parents and her teachers always on her case, and her best friend pregnant and dropped out of school, ...

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Overview

Theresa Anderson is every kind of smart: too smart-mouthed for her own good, street smart enough to deal with a neighborhood that gets more dangerous every day, and more book smart than anyone knows. But with the example of her super-achieving older brother towering above her, Theresa hasn't even been trying. How can a girl compete against the family favorite, especially when he's a certified local hero? With her parents and her teachers always on her case, and her best friend pregnant and dropped out of school, Theresa turns to hip-hop for comfort. Her favorite singers seem to understand her when no one else does.

Everything changes when a new man comes into Theresa's life: Devon, whose tough-guy reputation conceals a blazing ambition for academic success. Devon helps Theresa face up to her own talent and ambition, and together they set off on a three-year quest to beat the SAT and get into top colleges. But then Devon gets shot in a street fight, leaving Theresa with two piles of unfinished college applications-her own and Dev's-and time running out. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
How can Theresa Anderon compete against her super achieving older brother, the family favorite? She has not even been trying, although she has talent and ambition. Her parents and teachers are always after her. Her best friend gets pregnant and drops out of school. Then, Theresa turns to hip-hop for comfort. Her favorite singers seem to understand her. Everything changes when Devon, a tough guy with an ambition for academic success, comes into her life. They set out on a quest to beat the SAT and get into top colleges. Devon gets into a street fight, leaving Theresa with unfinished college applications for both of them and time is running out. This is a somewhat funny story about coming from behind to battle the SAT monster as told in Theresa's hip-hop flavored voice. The book is a good character study. It is very well written and holds one's attention. 2006, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 12 to 18.
—Naomi Butler
VOYA
This energetic sequel to The Hoopster (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2005/VOYA August 2005) features Andre Anderson's younger sister Theresa. "Tee-Ay" is a high school honors student who enjoys listening to hip-hop, eating junk food, and discussing boys with her best friends, Cee-Saw and Sonia. Tee-Ay often feels overlooked by her solidly middle class parents, who seem to focus their energy on her two brilliant brothers. Before long, Cee-Saw becomes pregnant and drops out of school. Then Sonia is forced to leave school to help support her family. In spite of feeling stifled by her family and worried about her friends, Tee-Ay concentrates on studying for the SAT in the hope of being accepted to the University of Southern California. By her senior year, she has become close friends and study partners with Devon Hampton, the school valedictorian. In a sickening twist, before Devon is able to finish his college admissions essay, he is shot in the neck and hospitalized. In a burst of inspiration, Tee-Ay finishes Devon's essay for him and mails his applications just before the deadline, resulting in Devon's acceptance to Harvard and Princeton, among others. Sitomer creates a wonderfully multifaceted cast of characters from the intelligent and hardworking to the shortsighted and intellectually doomed. Tee-Ay shines with loyalty, humor, kindness, and zest for life. This sobering novel is both inspiring and poignant. While Sitomer refrains from becoming didactic, his passionate message concerning the value of education will be clear to his readers. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, definedas grades 10 to 12). 2006, Hyperion, 384p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Dotsy Harland
Robyn Seglem
Alan Sitomer first introduced the Anderson family in The Hoopster, a novel that traced Andre Anderson's battle with racist teens. Now, we learn more about Andre's younger sister, Theresa (Tee-Ay), as she struggles in the shadow of her respected older brother. The novel begins the first day of her sophomore year, detailing her struggles with the hard reality of her urban high school and her secret desires to make it to USC upon high school graduation. With hip-hop and its messages ever present, Tee-Ay uses her love of music to help understand her friends' struggles with violence, poverty and teen pregnancy, all the while secretly practicing her SAT vocabulary in hopes of escaping these realities. Told in the language of urban youth, this novel provides an honest look into what it is like to try to survive in an inner-city school. Rather than settling for despair, however, Tee-Ay learns how to make something of herself through her budding friendship with Devon, the class valedictorian, and her ambivalent relationship with her teacher Mr. Wardin.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to The Hoopster (Hyperion, 2005), readers meet Andre's younger sister. As Theresa makes her way through the racial hotbed of her poverty-stricken L.A. high school, she keeps her eyes on her goal: admission to USC. Devon, a fellow academic in hip-hop clothing, takes her under his wing and they work like fiends to learn all they will need to know to ace their SATs. Then Devon's Harvard hopes are dashed when he is shot in a street fight before he is able to send in his application. With several improbable twists, both Devon and Theresa are admitted to the universities of their dreams. The language in this book is discomfiting. All of the words are familiar ("dat," "wuzzup," "dang"), but somehow the dialogue does not ring true. This is highlighted by the insulting lack of sophistication given to Theresa's inner dialogue. When compared to authors who use cultural dialect to great effect, such as Zora Neale Hurston or Janet McDonald, Sitomer's language seems contrived. McDonald, Sharon Flake, and Sharon Draper are better bets for inner-city kids conquering obstacles.-Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"You have big shoes to fill, Miss Theresa Anderson. Make good choices, please." Theresa, a high-school senior, hates when teachers bring up her famous brother Andre, a journalism student at Stanford. Theresa knows she's smart, but she's entrenched in school life, torn between punk or pain, fitting in or getting out. Fellow student, Devon Hampton, helps Theresa face up to her talent, beat the SAT, apply to top colleges and leave an environment in which so many fellow students are drowning. Lively prose, strong dialogue and humor make this an appealing story with an important message: "Good things happen to those who try." Following The Hoopster (2005) in a planned trilogy, this says much about adolescence, schooling and society, wrapped up in a dramatic and inspiring tale. Though Theresa makes it out, there's sadness, too, for all of those who don't. A work for teens that adults would do well to read-along with Jonathan Kozol's recent study, The Shame of the Nation. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423106449
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 250,645
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Lawrence Sitomer is an English teacher in an inner-city school in Los Angeles. He was selected Teacher of the Year in the state of California in 2003 and 2005. He is the author of The Hoopster (Jump at the Sun, 2005), Homeboyz (Jump at the Sun, 2006), and Hip-hop Poetry and the Classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    A MUST READ IF YOU LIKE HIP-HOP!!!

    Dang, why can't more books be like this? I laughed, I was on the edge of my seat, the true spirit of hip-hop was captured on the pages -- I ain't never read a book like this. Plus the fact that it portrays minorities in a positive light is just such an amazing element -- like we never see that in books. So much of this stuff is just too true about schools and the people who attend them. Man, just DEEP!!! After reading about Tee-Ay I am inspired like no book never before did for me. This book is a MUST read!! I loved it!

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

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    HIP HOP? Then this is a MUST READ. The book was overall amaz

    HIP HOP? Then this is a MUST READ.




    The book was overall amazing,  amazing because it’s about a girl that goes to a highschool mainly recognizwed for its Hip hop talent between the students.Her first day at school was a interesting way to start her high school adventures, with almost getting caught cheating in her fist day of instruction.   The book keep me very interested on to keep reading it, it left anxious to finish the book and wasn’t boring at all. The main reason I personally likedf the booked it used a lot of slang language,  which is used in a lot in our present time in high school. Mr. Sitomer wrote the book with giving the messegae about no matter what kind of problems they are going on around you, you should always over take them and reach to your goal, which in this case was to pass the SAT. 

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    this is a vevry good book that hepl kids understand life and wat

    this is a vevry good book that hepl kids understand life and wat certain people go through i love athe book and can read it over and over again

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Recommended

    As a sophmore Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay, struggles through same difficult measures. Theresa struggles to survive high school, and also dealing with her best friends pregnancy, a drive by shooting, poverty, and discimination. Theresa and her friend Devon and he helps her to get her life on track.As soon as she gets to the slightest bit of hope, Devon gets shot in a drive-by. It is up to Theresa to have a brighter future. She is in the shawdow of her "overachieving" brother Andre.This book is a eye opener

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Good book

    I enjoyed this book. It was real.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Meet Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay. Alan Lawrence Sitomer has captured Tee-Ay's struggle to survive high school and make it to college, and at the same time deal with some serious issues -- drive-by shootings, discrimination, and poverty. HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL presents big-city teens with big-city problems in a realistic, yet positive and inspiring story. <BR/><BR/>As a sophomore, Tee-Ay is finding it difficult to measure up to her older brother, Andre. (His story is told in Sitomer's HOOPSTER.) He is attending Stanford, and Tee-Ay thinks it would be great to be accepted at USC someday so she could tease Andre when USC kicks Stanford's butt in football. Attending a top-notch university seems like a pretty lofty goal, but Tee-Ay is willing to fight for it. <BR/><BR/>The story takes Tee-Ay and her fellow classmates through 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to graduation. Along the way she watches one friend, Cee-Saw, become pregnant and drop out, and another almost lose sight of her goals due to family obligations. One positive force in Tee-Ay's life is Devon, who helps her tap into her true potential as they study together for the dreaded SAT -- their ticket to a brighter future. <BR/><BR/>Sitomer uses hip-hop language to create vivid characters that grab the reader and carry them through right to the end. Big-city teens will be able to relate to the situations, and more sheltered teens will be transported to a world beyond their own. <BR/><BR/>Note: Although this is listed above as grades 9+, many of my 8th-grade students have read and enjoyed it. In fact, when several of them saw me reading it, they immediately commented about how much they liked it. So many other students are requesting it now, we will probably need to hold some sort of lottery to determine the next reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Hip Hop era

    Hip Hop High School is very fast paced.I couldn't put it down even if i wanted to! Theresa Anderson aka TEE-AYE is a very intelligent young lady with an attitude to match, sometimes a little bit to much attitude. This book takes place from her sophmore year through her senior year. She has alot to deal with that happens in those three years. He best friend stops coming to school, her other friend got pregnant, and the guy she has the hugest crush on, well you just have to read it and see what happens. But the most important thing is that she is studing for her SAT's when all of these things happen. I really enjoyed this book because is it tells young girls that grow up in a ruff enviroment that their is hope and you can go to collage. So the only thing that would be stopping you would be yourself. This is an excellent read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    YOUR HANDS WOULD BE GLUED TO THE BOOK!!!!

    Theresa Anderson a.k.a TEE-AY, is a teenager in high school, going through life trying to fight her way up the education scale! Along the way she copes with her friend who is going through a pregnancy, her best friend gets shot,and she struggles to pass the SAT. This book is not like any other and everyone could relate especially teenagers in high school! I love this book and would read it all over again without hesitation!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Meet Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay. Alan Lawrence Sitomer has captured Tee-Ay's struggle to survive high school and make it to college, and at the same time deal with some serious issues -- drive-by shootings, discrimination, and poverty. HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL presents big-city teens with big-city problems in a realistic, yet positive and inspiring story. As a sophomore, Tee-Ay is finding it difficult to measure up to her older brother, Andre. (His story is told in Sitomer's HOOPSTER.) He is attending Stanford, and Tee-Ay thinks it would be great to be accepted at USC someday so she could tease Andre when USC kicks Stanford's butt in football. Attending a top-notch university seems like a pretty lofty goal, but Tee-Ay is willing to fight for it. The story takes Tee-Ay and her fellow classmates through 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to graduation. Along the way she watches one friend, Cee-Saw, become pregnant and drop out, and another almost lose sight of her goals due to family obligations. One positive force in Tee-Ay's life is Devon, who helps her tap into her true potential as they study together for the dreaded SAT -- their ticket to a brighter future. Sitomer uses hip-hop language to create vivid characters that grab the reader and carry them through right to the end. Big-city teens will be able to relate to the situations, and more sheltered teens will be transported to a world beyond their own. Note: Although this is listed above as grades 9+, many of my 8th-grade students have read and enjoyed it. In fact, when several of them saw me reading it, they immediately commented about how much they liked it. So many other students are requesting it now, we will probably need to hold some sort of lottery to determine the next reader. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    Great book

    I felt that this book relates to some of the problems that goes around in life. I picked this book after reading Hoopster (which is one of the books in the triology). I really enjoyed this book and how the main character Tee-ay goes to hip hop when she wants to tune out her problems. This book is 'real' in the way it shows what problems Tee-ay goes trough, like studing for the SAT and having a friend being pregnat at a early age. I really enjoyed this book. This book is worth your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2007

    This book is GREAT!!!!

    This book is so good. Im not a reader at all. I dont like to read and I finished this book in one day. It is very inspirational and also helps with the SATs. I love this book. I will say this is the best book I ever read.

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