Playground [NOOK Book]

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A hard-hitting and inspirational novel about the redemption of a bully from international icon 50 Cent

Thirteen-year-old Butterball takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today. Loosely inspired by 50 Cent's own adolescence and written with his teenage son in mind, Playground received wide critical praise--and is now ...
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Playground

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Overview

A hard-hitting and inspirational novel about the redemption of a bully from international icon 50 Cent

Thirteen-year-old Butterball takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today. Loosely inspired by 50 Cent's own adolescence and written with his teenage son in mind, Playground received wide critical praise--and is now poised to become a perennial classic.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rapper turned actor and author 50 Cent makes his YA debut with a candid tale about a middle-schooler dealing with pressures from his peers and his broken family. Overweight and nearly friendless, “Butterball” has just been suspended from school for assaulting a classmate with a sock filled with batteries. As he returns to school, visits his father in New York City, and talks to his therapist, Liz, his frustrations come to light. His always-working mother has too little time for him, while his father spends most of their occasional weekends together encouraging his violence (even forcing him to shoplift) and making fun of his weight. Although Butterball benefits from some positive influences, including Liz and his friend Nia, it’s his desire to better himself (and his interest in filmmaking) that help him overcome his circumstances and his reputation. 50 Cent’s story follows a predictable arc, but he throws in some twists and doesn’t hold back when portraying violence or Butterball’s difficult home life. Butterball’s unrepentant, unpretentious, and authentic narrative voice, meanwhile, is more than enough to carry the story. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)
VOYA - Nicola McDonald
Butterball has been having a hard time ever since his parents broke up, and his mom dragged him off to Long Island. His mom said she did it so they could have a better life, but Butterball's life has never been worse. When an invitation extended to his best friend to visit his home does not go as planned, Butterball decides to teach him a lesson by hitting him in the face with a sock full of batteries. That move brings him popularity, but only time will tell if things will get better for him. Playground is an eye-opening and compassionate story on the timely topic of bullying. Told from Butterball's point of view, this story effectively suggests various underlying issues that can lead to bullying and how anger, if not treated, can lead to greater problems. Throughout the story, readers see Butterball go from being a disrespectful and angry bully to gaining understanding of his situation and beginning to take responsibility for his actions. Readers who were ever confused about having a gay parent, or being overweight, or going through a parental breakup, or just wanting to fit in and be accepted by their peers, will relate to Butterball. 50 Cents's debut young adult novel is a quick read that will be great for discussions on a variety of important and timely topics. Reviewer: Nicola McDonald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101552292
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 350,361
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Curtis Jackson III (aka 50 Cent) is an internationally successful hip-hop star, actor, writer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre. He is the author of the bestselling books From Pieces to Weight and The 50th Law.

Lizzi Akana is an award-winning animator and designer. She graduated with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and has since gone on to create artwork and animated content for television, film, advertising, and print. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Great boook

    50 cents a boss

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Love it :)

    Really really good recommend it anti-bullying

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    This book was awesome!

    This book is a tremendous read for any teen who is struggling with self acceptance and confidence. Any teen can relate to Butterball and any of the other characters. I hope this book will get more publicity because its so amazing! And I think 50 Cent is a great author. He should definetly write more novels, maybe even a sequel! Bravo 50!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

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    Great book from the bully's perspective

    50 Cent has written a winner; Playground looks at how an urban teen boy reacts to the divorce of his parents, being overweight, and wanting to fit in. This story is told through the eyes and words of Butterball, who is a bully. After beating a former friend with a sock filled with batteries, he must attend counseling sessions. Adverse to talking about what happened, Butterball initially doesn't seem to get much from the sessions but he gradually opens up. Wanting to please his dad, his mom, and his friends isn't easy, especially when his reputation as a bully means his friends expect Butterball to do their dirty work. Some language might make this book inappropriate for some younger teens but when used, it is in context. As a middle school librarian, I find the book appropriate for grades 7 and up. My students will read it and recommend it to others, meaning multiple copies need to be available. Well done, 50 Cent!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    highly recommended!! i love it.

    i fell in love it in the first chapter. i got mine today
    !

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Read

    I know what it is like to be bullied and its not fun. Not only was i bullied at school my family also bullied me. They called me all kinds of names. I dont think that anyone should have to go through what i did. - rebekah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Kaitlynn

    • Name ~ Kaitlynn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    BIOS:

    Name:Meesha
    <br>Gender:Girl
    <br>Age:19
    <br>Crush:Preston
    <br>Appearance:Light tan skin, long dark brown hair tha is alway up in a high bun, freckles, hazel eyes, long pink-baige skirt, long-sleeved white shirt, black long-sleeved decor jacket, tan-gray over-lap-type high-heel boots, sometimes wears glasses
    <br>Personality:Total girly, mature, bossy, kinda drama queen, nice
    <p>Name:Mersadies
    <br>Gender:Girl
    <br>Age:11
    <br>Crush:None
    <br>Appearance:Long blonde hair tht is always in a high bun or ponytail, blue eyes, freckles, long blue jean skirt, long-sleeved white shirt, tan long-sleeved decor jacket, white wedge-sandals
    <br>Personality:Nice, total girly, kind of drama queen, bossy at times

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    great book

    Love the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    50 cent

    Its alsome and it tell you how it fills to be bullyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Blubberbutt is so funny

    Gay-ass fag

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Question

    Is this really writtn by 50 cent?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Hi

    Hi Logan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    50¿

    Im pretty sure its $10.99

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Yeah

    I havn't read the book yet, but it looks really good!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Love it

    Anti bully

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 21, 2012

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    Posted November 18, 2012

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    Posted April 22, 2012

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