You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys

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This collection of original stories and poems provides rare insight into the minds of adolescent African American boys. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age seventeen to the love of his life, who's pregnant. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, while Tyler explains what it's like to be a player with the ladies. And Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July, when the heat could make a guy go crazy. Sharon G. Flake's talent for telling it like it is will leave ...
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This collection of original stories and poems provides rare insight into the minds of adolescent African American boys. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age seventeen to the love of his life, who's pregnant. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, while Tyler explains what it's like to be a player with the ladies. And Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July, when the heat could make a guy go crazy. Sharon G. Flake's talent for telling it like it is will leave readers thinking differently, feeling deeply, and definitely wanting more.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This collection of short stories and poems is written from the perspective of urban teen boys, many of them explicitly African American. Nevertheless, the issues, emotions, and struggles are those faced by many teens across the spectrum of cultures. Topics range from the excitement of your first kiss to the terror of finding yourself homeless or infected with AIDS. The voices are authentic and often compelling—you feel the fear, the despair, the rage, and the edginess. The stories do not all have happy endings, but in that way, they reflect the real situations of so many urban youths. This is a book that might appeal to reluctant readers because of its modular structure and gritty subjects. It also offers a lot of food for classroom discussion about issues such as personal responsibility, death, discrimination, peer pressure, and sexuality. A list of helplines for suicide, pregnancy, sexual and domestic abuse, and HIV/AIDS follows the text. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
Barbara A. Ward
This highly readable collection amplifies the voices of urban teens as they maneuver through their city streets, facing the unique challenges that teen males encounter in today's world. The 14 poems and 9 short stories remind readers that their assumptions about the young African American males sitting beside them in classrooms are often completely false. Teens will relate to much in these stories, often recognizing themselves and their own difficult choices. Familiar concerns about homelessness, suicide, or dying young are addressed as well as doing the right thing amid regrets after making costly mistakes. In "Scared to Death,"17-year-old Tow-Kaye finds that marrying his pregnant Cinderella may not lead to happily-ever-after. The short stories "Fat Man Walking" and "Girls Make You Weak" are, by turns, hilarious and yet poignant, revealing the love that may be found in the streets of Philadelphia and, by extension, in our own neighborhoods. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Ten portraits interspersed with poetry draw readers into the lives of a variety of African-American teens. In "Getting Even," a boy copes with his grandfather's death and the desire to find who killed him. Jeffery, 16, gets thrown out of his Auntie's house with nowhere to go. Eric goes against his dad's command to stay home with his siblings and instead finds a girl, some fun, and some trouble; Justin writes in his journal about death, suicide, and sexual abuse. La'Ron is too afraid to tell his father he is HIV positive, so he writes him a letter, and his father writes back. The concluding story, "Pretty Mothers Are a Problem," is a chilling portrait of 15-year-old Jeffrey, seduced by a neighbor, and the devastation faced by her daughter. These complex and thought-provoking stories won't disappoint.—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Oakland, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423100140
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 198
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Flake
Sharon G. Flake (www.sharongflake.com) won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel, The Skin I'm In, and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner. She is the author of a middle grade novel and five books for young adults, including the companion to this book: Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives. Sharon lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    I knew it

    Shron g. Flake's books are about girls. But she seems to really blossem with boys books. Between this book and bang she seems to know more about a boys life than a boy. But iyts the girls books that made me foll in love with her. Without money hungry, begging for change, and who am i without him, my life wouldn't be complete

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    AWESOME

    Just started this book it is great saw a couple of my classmates readi g they said it was good so i tried it and i love it i recommend this book to everyone sharon g flake is my favorite authur her books are so sad and touching

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    omg

    i love his poems like its real deep and im not saying i know what he going though but it touched me .!!!!! read it its good

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Peotry type of girl

    I liked the first poem i can feel his emotions

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Very authentic read. I read this with my middle school students.

    Very authentic read. I read this with my middle school students. A little of the content is a bit mature, but it is all information that is relevant to their lives. My students loved it and went searching for more novels by Sharon Flake.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Shaliah wilburn's review--

    The best book,very emotional and touching at the same time

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Tap

    Whats the book about?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    I really like dhz b00k

    I like this book becu itz real to mhe itz nt lik a fake book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Love books

    I love this book im almost done its so good :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    To june 8th

    Learn to type right, ya retard!!! Jeez! Kids these days! XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    I love this book

    This book i understand and i can relate to it it is a good book fr teenss to read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Hi

    Love u yeah

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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