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We Beat the Street

We Beat the Street

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by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, Sharon M. Draper

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Three young men's honest accounts of the street life that threatened to swallow them up, and how they helped on another succeed beyond their wildest expectations.


Three young men's honest accounts of the street life that threatened to swallow them up, and how they helped on another succeed beyond their wildest expectations.

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Publishers Weekly
The authors of the adult bestseller The Pact here redirect their story for a younger audience. The three young doctors from Newark, N.J., reflect upon the seminal moments, people and relationships from early childhood to graduation that led them to choose medicine over the street (even though the boys "[didn't] even know anybody who went to college"). Each chapter begins with a childhood incident, followed by the doctor's narrative about what that event meant to his future. The authors honestly portray both their successes and failures, including flirting with crime. In one, Rameck Hunt, then in 11th grade, and some old friends (whom his mother called "thugs") beat a homeless man for smoking on school property, until he was critically injured; after Rameck's release from a weekend in a detention center, he resolves to focus on his future. George Jenkins's memory of his first trip to the dentist seeds the early passion that would grow into his own vocation in dentistry. The doctors show how their pact to stick together and support each other through college and medical school helped them achieve their goals. Throughout, the three stay true to themselves, such as when, in a summer pre-med program at Seton Hall, Sampson Davis defends wearing baggy jeans and sweats in a hospital: "If I live in the hood, and I work in the hood, then my patients will think I'm dressed appropriately, don't you think?" Readers searching for role models should find much to cheer and emulate here. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Sampson, George, and Rameck were three boys growing up in tough New Jersey neighborhoods. Drugs, robbery, and murder were normal. But a handful of positive influences guided them away from destruction toward each other. They made a pact to go to college. Their friendship and dedication to the pact led all three to graduate from college and medical school. Today they practice medicine and dentistry in the communities where they grew up. I could not put this book down. Each chapter shares an anecdote and personal remarks from one of "The Three Doctors." These are their stories from age six to adulthood. Speaking honestly of their discouragement, failures, and successes, they offer encouragement to kids who find themselves in hopeless situations. This book should be carefully shared with upper elementary and is a must-read for middle and high school. 2005, Dutton's Children's Books, 183 pp., Ages young adult.
—Vicki Sherbert
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The Three Doctors, as the subjects of this inspirational book call both themselves and their nonprofit foundation, grew up in a tough neighborhood in Newark, NJ. Draper tells an epiphanic story featuring each of the young men by turn, followed by his comments on how a single event affected him across time. Davis, for instance, remembers the hospital where he later became an emergency-medicine physician as the same one where his foot was treated after an incident when he was six. Hunt recalls first meeting Sampson and Jenkins in ninth grade. Jenkins tells of the friends' success at moving from high school to college. Draper adds dialogue and evokes the pivotal moment in each vignette as though it were a scene in one of her realistic novels. The book takes the young men through college and medical school and into their careers. While Jenkins seems relatively calm and serious from the beginning, Hunt found himself in trouble right into medical school. Davis had trouble getting an emergency-medicine internship-and then found himself back in his Newark neighborhood, right where he knew he'd be serving his hometown. The writing here, whether Draper's or the doctors', is simple and accessible and there is plenty of action for reluctant readers. More advanced readers may want to read The Pact (Riverside, 2002), the Three Doctors' joint autobiography for adults.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Group (USA)
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5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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We Beat the Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story wonderful book very inspirational
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really great book to read. I reccomend it to anyone that is looking for an exccelent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book ! GREAT READ FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! Very inspiring !
CA_mom More than 1 year ago
I found this book looking for something interesting/appropriate for my 11 yr-old (6th grade) boy for a school assignment to read a biography and do a presentation on the person. He ended up doing it on all three doctors. I read the book before I gave it to him, and was inspired. I especially liked the format - stories and then comments by the now-grown-doctors about the incidents they were relating. From the moment he picked up the book, my son was interested. He read it in about 2 days (not his usual pattern, especially for a school project). Not only was the story interesting and inspiring, it challenges the reader to think of his or her own character and his or her own choices. Some of the more difficult part for me was trying to give my son -- a middle-class white suburban kid -- a sense of what the intercity is like and how enticing the world of gangs, guns, and drugs can look to kids who can't see and weren't told about any other options. I know the story of The Three Doctors has been widely shared in the black, especially intercity, community, but this is a story for EVERY KID of every color, class or creed.
aUGUSTINEs10 More than 1 year ago
We Beat the Street is about three friends growing up the ghetto who want to become doctors. They go to the same school and they share the same interests. They get in trouble a lot but that does not stop them. Sampson for instance is arrested for having stolen property, Rameek throws a student ot the ground and gives him a concussion, and George is well, err generally good. my classmates and i enjoyed reading this book.AUGUSTINE S 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this in my class and its very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good because it was suspensful and a nice story and I like the guys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book in school and so far, i LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very inspiring story about 3 kids who were nobodies and became something. It made beleive if you put the effort into something you will achevie. I reccomend this book to everybody!
Tiffanyoodle More than 1 year ago
This book is about three boys who grew up in a very poor neighborhood. They all find each other in high school and form a friendship pact. They all move on to become doctors. My favorite character was all the boys because they were always determined to follow their dream. I liked this book because it showed me that you can do anything you want to do with hard work. You should read this book because it teaches young rweaders to folow their dreams wwith lots of hard work and support.
AllanL9 More than 1 year ago
What I recommened to people is to really get to understand this book and to make sure that people have a good time reading this book as my classmates and I have done. When you get to understand this book you will start to have a fun time reading this book. It starts pretty good with some sequences going on and when u get a little more in to it, then you will start to really enjoy this book. Get out and buy this book. Have Fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because there are several things you can learn from it. It is a true story that will help motivate readers into following their dreams and believe that it will come true if you just work on it. It is written by the three friends, doctors Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt. They wrote something from their experience in each chapter on what made up their minds to want to become doctors. They didn¿t think they could do it because first of all they were black and they also lack money. They lived in a place where selling drugs is the only way to earn money. They also had to learn that staying in the streets could either kill or sent them to jail for the rest of their life the hard way. Everyday they had to struggle against peer pressure, gang violence, and rampant drug use. Then one day while trying to skip class to shoot hoops the boys found themselves listening to a special presentation about the Seton Hall University Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Plus program. For the first time ever, the three friends believed that they might really have an opportunity to make their dreams come true. They made a pack to stay together if they get accepted for the scholarship. For those who love true stories and are eager to learn new things like I do, I recommend you read this book. I think this is a book for teenagers to help them decide what they are going to do with their life and how to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'We beat the street' is an inspirational book about three young men and the challenges of growing up in a rough neighborhood, something, in a way, we can all relate to. With all the negative influences around them it would be hard to imagine life other than drugs, guns, and gangs, but Rameck, Sampson, and George beat the odds and beat the street. Though i recommend this book to everyone it may not be commended by those who want a more literture type work. This book contains a more simiplified verison of their life and doesnt not appeal to those who yearn for advanced language and rhetoric strategies. Dont get me wrong, its a good book that influences young people like me, but i was reading this for an English class and compared to others my book seemed a little premature.
toriaddai17 8 months ago
I had a great time reading this book. This book is perfect for everyone, especially young readers. They have wonderful life lessons that are essential for everyone. My favorite part was after each chapter the men wrote their own page showing how they felt in each chapter and what they have learned in their past. This book is definitely a must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ama-a-azing! It teaches about the story of 3 boys. Students love it.
buffoonery More than 1 year ago
After reading this book for a class assignment, I have realized that, this is not just a story, it is a life lesson, I would recommend reading this book because the movement it will give you to look past the struggles in life and will motivate you to become what you desire to be. The only flaw about this book was, it was at a very easy reading level. It would be a great book to give to middle schoolers so they can be motivated to stay out of trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. It teaches young minds about life and good choice making. Never a waste of my time. This book is perfect for just about anyone. It teaches readers about 3 young boys and their good and bad choices and the consequences they get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opens up great minds to sucess. I recomend this book to anybody who needs another view on life. This book shows it all!
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is the best thing since Doctor Who! And that's saying something because I LOVE Doctor Who.
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Realy good book