The Pact

The Pact

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by George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, Lisa Frazier Page
     
 

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Publishers Weekly
Growing up in broken homes in a crime-ridden area of Newark, N.J., these three authors could easily have followed their childhood friends into lives of drug-dealing, gangs and prison. They tell harrowing stories of being arrested for assault and mugging drug dealers, and of the lack of options they saw as black teenagers. But when their high school was visited by a recruiter from a college aimed at preparing minority students for medical school, the three friends decided to make something of their lives. Through the rigors of medical and dental school, and a brief detour into performing rap music at local clubs, they supported each other. Today, Davis and Hunt are doctors, and Jenkins is a dentist; the men's Three Doctors Foundation funds scholarships to give other poor black kids the same opportunities. The authors aren't professional readers, and it shows. They're clearly reading aloud, not speaking spontaneously. But the authenticity of their urban accents and the earnestness and sincerity in their voices give their inspiring tale an immediacy that would be lost with a professional narrator. Based on the Riverhead hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 22). (June)n Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This production is based on the inspiring story of three young, lower-middle-class black friends who live in Newark, NJ, and make a pact to help each other to reach their shared goal of becoming doctors, and they do so despite innumerable daunting experiences. The audiobook presents another theme central to the lives of Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt-giving back. Teens, especially those at risk, who hear this tale of the authors' struggle to make something of their lives in the face of the enormous temptations of the street and to support each other so that all three might succeed will receive a gift: an extraordinary model of self-determination. They will also be moved by the earnest tone of the narration, provided by the men themselves. Highly recommended for all public and secondary school library collections.-Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573222167
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)

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The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a class assignment this book had to be read. I was surprised that it was not the run-of-the-mill ghetto story about folks escaping and never looking back. This book to me was about love - real love. A love for others and a love for self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHEN MY HIGH SCHOOL ORDERED US TO READ THIS BOOK I THOUGHT 'OKAY WHATEVER' BUT AFTER I READ IT I WAS BLOWN AWAY.IT TOUCHED US BECAUSE WE LIVE IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY AND JUST TO SEE THAT THEY MADE IT THROUGH, BRINGS OUT THE COURAGE IN US. MY HIGH SCHOOL(ARTS HIGH) LOVED IT AND I KNOW THAT EVERY PERSON WANTING A DREAM OUT THERE WOULD FIND IT ONLY BY TURNING A PAGE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a reader, however, I read this book in four evenings. If I had more time, I probably would have finished it in two. The story of these three young men who made such a huge commitment to each other and themselves, and against all odds succeeded is truley inspirational. It makes you realize your life is not so bad, and your goals are attainable if you put your mind to it.The Three Doctors Foundation that they set up will hopefully help other young men and women follow in their footsteps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student who attends the exact same high school that the three young men attended, I am extremely pround of their accomplishments. Reading through the book, I realized how I can relate to many of the incident that was in the book. I am now a student who will model the Pact that they made. Two other students and I, have made a pact to have our dream career. I promised to become a lawyer, and my two friends promised to become a teacher, and the other a Trama Surgeon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book revealed the tenacity of 3 boys that grew into doctors and outstanding individuals in their community. It is a testament to us not to deter from our goals and dreams regardless of the pitfalls that we may encounter along the way. It is very inspiring to see 3 black men come together and finish something they wanted for themselves, and others. Loved it. (THE UNION "S.A.U.C.E.E.")
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was truly an inspirational story. Each of them faced their own adversity, but they did not let it stop them from pursuing their goals. By tenacity and perseverance, these wonderful young men fulfilled their dreams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was a very good book i am so happy that we as a black race have someone positive to look up to that done something good with there life and they did it by getting a degree and not on the football field or basketball court these men are remarkable and if i had to have my kids look up to someone other then me this would be three people i would not mind if they choice to be like. Good job and my God contiune to bless you
Guest More than 1 year ago
It inspired me to succeed at being an entrepreneur and I'm only 14. I loved the book and you and your family will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! It catches your attention from page one and it's an easy read. There were so many obstacles in the way of their dreams but they didn't let anything slow them down. Working in the medial field is something that I've always wanted to pursue but never had the guts to go for it. Now I can honestly say that I won't let anything stop me from chasing this dream. I feel like I can do anything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very inspirational. It reiterates the fact that you cannot achieve great things without hard work and determination. Much is required to achieve great things which these three men have done so incredibly well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Davis, Jones, are Hunt and three phenomenal men. Their story is truly an inspiritation and once I started reading the book I found it difficult to put down. I can honestly say that these strong men have found a place in my heart. As an African American I am truly proud of their strength and determination and for going against the many negative stereotypes that depict us. I can can relate to their commitment to give back to their community, because I too am going into the health field (as a medical social worker) and I know without a doubt that upon graduation I will return to my community and hope to have a positive impact. I would greatly recommend this book because regardless of ethnicity, everyone can be inspired by it in some way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good read, anyone aspiring to make something of themselves....Well here lies the tools to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been the best book I've read in a long time. Page after page I could not put the book down. This book gave me chills because It is so real. Growing up in Newark also I can relate to them. It made you Cry, and Laugh you can't help but be proud of our fellow bothers! Now this is good Reading !!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
every family that have young males need to read this book know matter who they are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not enough words to descibe how good this book is!!! Each of their stories is inspiring - not only for African Americans - but people of any race!!! I grew up in a neighborhood in Baltimore that is very similar to the neighborhood that they grew up in and it's very hard for young African American men to find their way out of that situation and find a way in society. This book will definitely be the beacon of light to make people understand that if they put their mind to it, they can achieve ANYTHING!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I have been awaiting this book's arrival for a long, long time. Congratulations to both Lisa and the three doctors who struggled to make it. I'm so proud of you, Lisa. I know the dedication you put into this book first hand. We are SO proud of you. I give this book five stars. It was easy to read, sensitive, personal, and well written. Kudos!!!