After Tupac and D Foster

After Tupac and D Foster

by Jacqueline Woodson

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ISBN-13: 9780142413999
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 82,889
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 15 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books  include THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, Caldecott Honor Book COMING ON HOME SOON; Newbery Honor winners FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, and AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE'S BOYS—which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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The summer before D Foster’s real mama came and took her away, Tupac wasn’t dead yet. He’d been shot five times—two in the head, two down by his leg and thing and one shot that went in his hand and came out the other side and went through a vein or something. All the doctors were saying he should have died and were bringing other doctors up to his room to show everybody what a medical miracle he was. That’s what they called him. A Medical Miracle. Like he wasn’t even a real person. Like he was just something to be looked at and turned this way and that way and poked at. Like he wasn’t Tupac.
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After Tupac and D Foster 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Woodson's engrossing story contains a lot of big issues, but the main theme is about friendship, and how unexpected changes come into our lives as we are touched by others.

AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER is a tension-filled story of how two twelve-year-old girls meet an outsider and become friends with her. "D" is a foster child, and has adopted "Foster" as her last name. Abandoned by her mother, D Foster is searching for something that is missing in her life...perhaps a sense of belonging and permanence. The other two girls begin to explore the city with her, all of them searching for their "Big Purpose" in life. All the girls have their own set of family issues, and their own approach to solving these problems.

All three girls are great fans of the rapper, Tupac Shakur, and are dismayed when he is shot. They examine the meaning of his rap lyrics as they apply to their lives as African-Americans living in Queens, New York, and find that they have much in common with his ideas.

When D's birth mother shows up to reclaim her daughter and take her out of the lives of the other two girls, you can't help but hope that her life will be better this time -- while fearing that it will be a rerun of her past history.

Racism, homosexuality, and incarceration are touched upon in this slice-of-life story. Every teen can find something to relate to in this emotional story of how teens cope with life. There isn't a great deal of suspense, but Ms. Woodson's writing style is absorbing, and makes you wish the story was longer. It does give you cause to reflect on how your own friends and acquaintances have changed your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Woodson makes us fall in love with her characters. They become your family and your friends. She makes you ache for them when they are sad. She makes you want to protect them when they are in danger. Like family, you love them despite their failings and sometimes because of them. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into another reality so removed from my own yet not really all that different. I recommend this book to adults as well as children. A wonderful book to read in the classroom.
laaustin More than 1 year ago
I will want to read this
calogero More than 1 year ago
set in the 90s pac was still alive d foster makes friends yet 2pac is her idol just like me and help too bad theres ni stories like this is a must for anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"After Tupac and D Foster" is a very interesting book to start my summer reading. I was very amazed when I first read the book because of the real facts. I would really recommend this book to a friend or someone who likes to read novels that are fun and interesting. I enjoyed the book because it was what could really happen to three friends that have a lot of common between them. Once I started to read it I was stared with the details, characters and settings. This is one of the greatest novels I have ever read. It has a lot of drama like when they found out that D's mom was a white women and her friends where very shocked . Also when Tupac got shoot twice and he went to the hospital and survived twice and then he went to jail for touching a girl's behind. Therefore Tupac didn't have that much luck the next time and he died. But then they realize that D's got more freedom than her friends. I would like to read another book from her like " The house you pass on the way" that is about Evangeline meets her adopted cousin Trout and they learn about each other and what they like and what they don't like and they help each other. Then I would like to read the book of "Lena " that when things get to bad in home Lena and Dion escape and go out to the road dressed like boys so things would be easier. I really think people should read this book because it's interesting and very fun reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After Tupac and D Foster is a very interesting book to start. I was very amazed when i first read the book because it was interesting.I would really recommend this book to a friend or someone who likes to read novels that are fun and interesting. I liked the book because it was what could really happen to nthree friends that have a lot of common between them. but then they realize that d's got more freedoom then her friends. I would like to read another book from her like " The houseyou pass on the way" that is about Evangeline meets her adopted cousin Trout and theylearn about each other and sexy what they like and what they dont like and they help each other. Then i would like to read the book of " Lena " that when things get to bad in hohme Lena and Dion escape and go out to the road dressed like boys so things would be easier. I really think people should read this book because its really interesting and very fun to read. Once i started to read it I was very amazed with thje details, characters and settings. This is one of the greatests novels i readit has a lot of drama like when they found out that d's mom was a white mom and her friends where very shocked .
Whisper1 on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
This 2009 Newbery winner is deserving of accolades and praise. No stranger to awards, Woodson is a recipient of a Caldecott Honor, the ALA Best Book Award, a National Award Finalist, and the Coretta Scott King Award.While this isn't one of my favorite books by Woodson, it is a gem and I recommend it.Few can take so many difficult situations and seamlessly pull them together, weaving an incredible tapestry.When two 11 year old childhood friends meet a stranger who happens to wander into their neighborhood simply because she likes the trees, they embrace the spirit of D Foster. A throw away child from many foster homes, a mother who abandoned her and a roamer, she is unlike them, but also like them in many ways as they long to find their place in the world.As the three young girls bond, they embrace the music of Tupac. When he is killed, they lament all he had to offer.When D's mother once again surfaces, she hopes for a new life, a better one, a more stable existence.The words of Tupac seem to resonate:"Everyone's got a purpose and it's just that they gotta figure out what it is and then go have it."Unlike Toni Morrison, Woodson has a marvelous way in which she portrays the black culture as one of bonding, strength, love, spirituality, hope and resilience. And because of this, I am drawn to her many books.In Woodson's books the grandmothers are the traditional stability. Hard working mother's do their best to inspire and reinforce a set of strong values.The characters are strong and gentle. They are hard, yet malleable. They are loving, kind, supportive as they struggle with the difficulties life presents.Recommended.
ECHSLibrary on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
This was an interesting slice of life in the inner-city. I enjoyed immersing myself in another culture and learning a different perspective on life.
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
¿Three the hard way¿ are three best friends, two of which are neighbors who grew up together, and the third is the mysterious D. The timeframe of this novel is told through the lens of Tupac¿s last two years alive, placing what happens in the story within the frame of events like the release of a new single or Tupac being sent to jail. Readers know immediately that both Tupac is killed and D leaves, events tied together in the protagonist¿s mind. This powerful story celebrates the music of Tupac and how it touched a generation. Woodson¿s lyrical prose about growing up in a world of racism, oppression, and homophobia is deeply convincing and touching. References to 1990s musical technology (e.g. Walkmans) and an artist dead for over a decade date Woodson¿s setting but not her message. The power of friendship is a universal tale, masterfully relayed. Details bring this candid narrative to life, with characters who simultaneously judge D¿s shoes while accepting her without any knowledge of her background or past. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this book is very highly recommended for children ages ten to thirteen.
cnesbitt on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
The characters in this book are convincing individuals, thoughtful and strong. A piece of wisdom from the book -- just because you love someone and they change your life doesn't mean you can box them up and keep them with you forever.
librariankristin on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
In 1996 three girls forge a friendship amidst the events leading up to the death of Tupac Shakur. The unnamed protagonist and her best friend, Neeka, let foster child D Foster into their circle and learn about life beyond their close-knit Queens neighborhood in this poignant coming-of-age tale from Newbery honor author Jacqueline Woodson.
eroberts.teach on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
I am not a Tupac fan but enjoyed seeing how others viewed him and his music. I thought the book was beautifully written. How do three girls deal with growing up, friendship, and their families -one in foster care, and one in a big family with two sets of twins, a basketball hopeful and a homosexual brother, and one as an only child in a single parent family? How do they feel the year Tupac is shot and one friend's mother comes and takes her away?
BGMSTeachers on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
As a teacher I really appreciated this book, but the audience with whom I read it (reluctant/struggling female readers) did not give it very high ratings, probably because the book is based on themes of relationships, friendships, seeking a greater purpose in life, and courage rather than on action. The author writes beautifully and will answer students' emails. She has a web site.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
D Foster is a foster child. She walks into the neighborhood and becomes friends two girls who have lived there all their lives. For two years, they do everything together, sharing their lives and their love for Tupac Shakur's music. They make it through troubles in their families, and then Tupac is fatally shot, and D's mother reappears.
corydickason on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Woodson does such a great job portraying the profound change that other girls can have on a young woman's life in a short period of time, and the ways in which young people identify emotionally with celebrities. Reading it made me go listen to Tupac, that's how affected I was by it. The book would be a great way to start a unit on music in African-American culture.
countrylife on LibraryThing 3 days ago
In a working class neighborhood in Queens, two young girls make friends with D Foster, a girl who happens to get off the bus on their block. This is the story of ¿Three girls. Three the hard Way.¿ They bond over the music of Tupac Shakur, and during the time of their friendship, from 1994-1996, ¿I felt like we¿d grown up and grown old and lived a hundred lives in those few years that we knew her. But we hadn¿t really. We¿d just gone from being eleven to being thirteen.¿ After Tupac and D Foster is a Newbery Honor Book about a foster child and the various ties of friendship and community, tenuous or strong.
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Easy language, easy story to get wrapped into, I deliberately read it slowly to prolong the story and avoid the ending as long as possible. The author's descriptions of everyday things and her command of imagery and emotion rival Toni Morrison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did D die in the end ?
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