by Rita Williams-Garcia


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Award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia intertwines the lives of three very different teens in this fast-paced, gritty narrative about choices and the impact that even the most seemingly insignificant ones can have. Weaving in and out of the girls' perspectives, readers will find themselves with three different voices and sides to one story, reminiscent of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and How It All Went Down.

Trina: "Hey," I say, though I don't really know them. It's okay if they don't speak. I know how it is. They can't all be Trina.

Dominique: Some stupid little flit cuts right between us and is like, "Hey." I slam my fist into my other hand because she's as good as jumped.

Leticia: Girl fights are ugly. Girl fights are personal. And who's to say I wasn't seeing it from the wrong angle?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060760939
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 169
Sales rank: 224,631
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

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Jumped RB/SB

Chapter One

Zero Period


Zero period. You got that right. Fail one math test and you're up before the first chirp of day. Up before streetlights turn off and sun rays shoot through the blinds. Fail one math test and you're stepping over a snow-covered homeless lump to get to the stop, shiver, and wait for the city bus to pull up to your boots.

None of this had to happen to me. None of it. Having to set and wrap my hair at 8:00 PM instead of 10:00. Making Celina wake me because my alleged alarm clock won't do what it's supposed to do when it's supposed to do it. Getting dressed in the dark because a hundred watts are too hard on my eyes at 5:45.

If not for those missing thirteen points, my mornings would be calm, not chaotic. A 52 on the final and they wouldn't pass me. They couldn't scrape up a point here, half a point there to make up the thirteen. They said SHOW ALL WORK in the test booklet, so I did that. I showed them my sides, my angles, line BEC bisecting line DEF. I did my part. What was the sense of showing all that work if they had no intention of doing their part? The missing thirteen are there in the booklet. Had they dug deep enough, they would have found them. I would have passed.

Mr. Jiang knows he doesn't want to see my face this spring semester. I aggravated him fall semester like he aggravated me. This was all on him. He should have done the right thing for both our sakes and passed me along to Geometry II with Miss DeBarge.

Why Bridgette or Bernie didn't handle things immediately, I can't understand. Neither took time off from their jobs to confront Mr. Jiang orstrike a deal with the guidance counselor. No. They just let Jiang fail me. Bridgette shook her head and Bernie dipped his biscuit into the gravy but no one gave Leticia a second thought when all they had to do was show up. Speak up. Do what they were supposed to do.

Anabel Winkler's grandmother loved her. Anabel's grandmother talked to the guidance counselor and fixed things so Anabel could attend summer school after this semester. That's why Anabel is still wrapped up tight in her Hello Kitty comforter crunching Z cookies.

If someone loved me, I'd be turning over in the warmth and safety of my queen-size bed. But no one thought to open the envelope addressed to the parents of Leticia Moore that offered the choice between summer school and rising at an ungodly, unsafe hour in the chill of near night. I know the school sent the letter. The school's very good about mailing letters to the house, and Bridgette and Bernie are usually pretty good about reading them and following up with the "talking to." Bridgette and Bernie knew to look out for the letter from the guidance counselor's office. They knew it was coming. They signed the blue booklet with the big 52 on the cover under Parental Signature Mandatory. But when the guidance counselor sent it, and the postman delivered it, the parents of Leticia Corinthia Moore, aka Bridgette and Bernie, didn't bother to open the envelope. They just fed it to the recycling bin like it was a bill. That's right. My do-not-pass-go card was recycled into toilet paper and Starbucks napkins, not doing anybody a bit of good.

It's not enough that I have to get up before the world turns and watch newspaper chunks hit the streets and block-long McTrucks unload McFood crates. I'm stuck watching gears of the working world shift just so I can take an "extra help" math class I get no credit for. It's like being in school for free. Like working behind a counter without getting that five twenty-five an hour. Or five fifty-five. Whatever next-to-nothing they pay kids to dodge french-fry grease. Except you get up, risk your life waiting in the dark to sit through slow-motion Geometry and get no credit. Two periods later you're still repeating Geometry I, still looking at Mr. Jiang's face, and he's still looking at your face. You get nothing for being in "extra help" math before the world turns. For all this chaos you get zero. Period.

I dig down in my bag for my schedule but the lady cop waves me through. She knows my jail sentence and my big face by now. Zero period doesn't miraculously disappear from your schedule. Once a class is stamped in the column that's grayed out for everyone else, you're stuck. You're a zero-period regular and the cops know it and wave you through.

Miss Palenka isn't a full teacher. She's still in college getting her practice on us, probably getting paid zero, and that's about right. But she's nice, wears okay outfits, and takes her time explaining until everyone looks like they got it. For the next twenty-five minutes I'm present, taking notes, breaking down the proofs until ten minutes before the bell rings. By then everyone is arriving, congregating outside, and I can't write another given. To us stuck inside, the milling and laughing sound like a party, and who wants to be inside when the party is going on outside?

I try to sit through it, but how many ways and times can she demonstrate a ninety-degree angle in a right triangle? How many times can she say right triangles can only have one right angle? How many times can she point to the hypotenuse? Right, right, right triangle. I got it. I got it. Please don't say it again. But there she goes, working hard for her zero.

Pen down. I'm done listening to zero for zero. I need to be outside where the dirt is fresh and the gossip is good. I need to catch it all while it's clicking and flashing: what they're wearing, who they're with, and what they're saying. I need to sashay myself within twenty feet of Chem II James and let him get the ball rolling. Can't do that from inside here, so I scribble a bathroom pass right quick and raise my hand.

Jumped RB/SB. Copyright © by Rita Williams-Garcia. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Jumped 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
aTwistOfTi More than 1 year ago
I guess I get the point of the story but I don't think the author did a proper job of getting her point across. Having three very selfish girls as the narrators is a little off-putting. They don't seem like real people. The ending is just lousy. Very odd book. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me this book is WACK. It doesnt hold my attention.... I can barely finish it now.
Daisy4 More than 1 year ago
To begin with I would recommend the book Jumped to my friends. One of the reasons I would recommend this book to my friends is because it teaches us that we shouldn’t disrespect other kids or put our hands on them. Another reason is because we should also know that if someone disrespects us or puts their hands on us we shouldn’t beat them up. Instead we should tell a grown up or if they shove you by mistake just ignore or if they say sorry forgive them. The third reason I would recommend the book is because we shouldn’t pay eye for eye and teeth for teeth on the contrary we should solve the problems talking not with violence. The last reason I would recommend this book to my friend is because we should be making friends not enemies and we should be better citizens. What I liked of this book was that it had good plot and good settings. The part I liked was when Dominque paid the consequences for beating Trina up. I also liked when Leticia went to visit Trina in the hospital. I haven’t read another book by Rita Williams Garcia but nothing disappointed me from the book Jumped.
Ryan_Everett More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting it catches your attention from the first sentence to the last sentence. It stars three girls ones the gossip and drama queen girl the other is the artist and kind of an airhead thinking she is amazing and the last one is the basketball player and bully. Well when one girl crosses another it all breaks loose. And one of the girls who witnessed it will she tell the other girl she is going to get jumped or will she act like she never knew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction Most stories of high school problems miss the majority of the point of high school. They usually just start off as just some kid love story, well jumped gives an actual view of life in high school and the thoughts and personality of kids there. The point of the book is three high school girls that couldn’t have more of an opposite personality end up getting all mixed up with each other. It is pretty much drama, just like most high schools are. I think that is why I like it so much. Description and summary of content The author received a national book award for this book. She really gets in the mind of all of the characters in her book. It gives you a good thought of how the characters personalities are and how they look. It is descriptive and that is a good thing. Books are always better when they are descriptive because it makes it like a movie that is playing in your head. Evaluation This book is a decent book. There are points of the book of how it is written that gets a little confusing, but when you re-read the parts you don’t understand and understand it, it is interesting. It is just kind of difficult to keep track of which one of the girls the author is talking about. That is about the only not liked things about this book. I enjoyed it. Conclusion Well I am defiantly glad that I have made this choice of a book to read. It will keep you turning the page once you start reading it. Over all it is a good book, I would defiantly recommend this book because it is a page turner. It holds your full attention the whole time. This book is one of my favorite choices.
Nobody93 More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in like 3 days, it is one of the best books I've read! You'll have a favorite character, mine was Leticia...
Collette527 More than 1 year ago
Urgent. This story is urgent, grabs you by the neck and plops you right inside the body and mind of Leticia, Trina, and Dominique, one by one. How much can happen in a single day in an ordinary high school? How much difference can one small event, one tiny comment make? How much can a solitary person do about violence? Jump into Rita Williams-Garcia's breathtaking story Jumped and you'll be shocked to find out how so little can become so much. Run, don't walk, to get a copy of Jumped. Read it and pass it on to your friends, neighbors, and to every youth that you love. It could make a world of difference in their lives.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had trouble when I first started reading the book. I couldn't connect to the voices of the characters.I felt like I was reading a foreign language. and I identified with students that have a hard time when reading books with foreign words, or dialects that they don't know. But as I continued reading the characters came to life for me. I had the interesting experience of meeting Ms. Williams-Garcia and I was fascintated to find out how she created her characters' voices. It completely changed the way I thought about this book.
bkhall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Try getting through these halls without elbows, backpacks, attitude, a lot of running, and now dancing. There are thirty-five hundred students in this school . . . from period three to period eight you have the weight of the world marching in this cereal box.¿ Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia is story about girl-on-girl violence that takes place from ¿zero¿ period to the end of the day at 2:45. It is told from three teenagers¿ points of view: Leticia, Trina, and Dominique. All three girls have very distinct personalities and perspectives of the world, which collide in Jumped.Nothing is going right for Dominique. She loves basketball more than anything else, but she¿s been benched for the season because she got a seventy, instead of seventy-five. She is upset by her situation and everything feels out of her control. She says, ¿The grades I get. The classes on my schedule. When I come and go. I don¿t control none of that. All of that¿s controlling me. Boxing me in¿ (pg. 147). `Nique is mad and she wants to prove it.Trina, on the other hand, is having a perfect day. She feels complete in her hot pink jump suit that says, ¿Hot Chick.¿ She¿s just finished viewing her artwork that is on display in the `C¿ Corridor for African History Month, and she is pleased with her accomplishments. Life couldn¿t be better . . . until she unknowingly crosses paths with Dominique.Leticia is the character that many readers will find themselves relating to the most. She witnesses the interaction between Dominique and Trina between zero and first period. She knows that Trina is going to be jumped at 2:45, yet it¿s not a clear-cut decision for her to alert anyone to the looming violence. Leticia¿s character forces readers to think about what they would do in a similar situation. What is ethical and what is minding your own business?Jumped is a quick book to read because of the changing points of view and the fact that it¿s only 169 pages. The language and some scenes are gritty. Rita Williams-Garcia spent time observing classes and hallway interactions to get the characters right.
JasmineW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about some teen girls in school. Each chapter, one of the girls in the book, narrates their day/time at school. However, this year is different. A girl overhears about a girl jumping another girl. Will she tell what she heard or keep silent? It continues to touch on the peer violence that will be happening soon at the end of the school day. The time has come for one student that will jump another. Will the girl speak up before this happens, who knows?The idea I have with this book is for my students to perform a reader's theater. I will take some exerpts from the entire book and our students will role play/read expressively their part. We will do this in groups of 5 for the first set of chapters. Each group of 5 will go every week reading the script of their assigned reading chapters. We will have a part for 3 of the girls: Leticia, Trina, and Dominique. The group will need a teacher and basketball coach. This will give our students a chance to really role play their character's role based on the book. The focus is mainly on reading the text using gestures and expressive voices. I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the plot because it is reality. Peer violence does happen amongst our middle grade students; therefore, I would let middle schoolers read this book. I think the school and educators could open up the topic of peer violence and help those out on either side of the fence being the violent one, victim, or bystander. Everyone plays a part in this (an important part). Let's stop teen violence today! Start a anti-teen violence at your school. Let students come here to share, speak, and tell about their "role" in peer violence.
lnommay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dominique is angry because she is no longer permitted game time -- as per the coach's rules -- after receiving a 70 on her report card. Cute and artsy Trina, prancing along in her pink sweat outfit before school, unwittingly disrespects Dominique's space in the hallway and so Dominique announces to her sidekicks that she is going to jump Trina at 2:45. Leticia is the only witness to the early-morning incident and when she phones her best friend Bea to tell her about it, Bea insists that Leticia get involved to prevent it or at least warn Trina. Leticia, whose Zero Period math tutorial is the beginning of a particularly agonizing school day of endless frustrations, contemplates whether or not to actually get involved. Follow Trina, Dominique, and Leticia through one day of school and when you have turned the final page, ask yourself what you would have done. Book Talk: (pick students to read)Dominique: I see him drive into the teachers' parking lot, and before he can finish parking, grab his briefcase, his plastic coffee mug, I'm on him. Got him scared to leave the car. 'Listen Hershheiser,' I say, 'I need my grade changed.' He tries to walk fast but I'm on him. 'I don't want that grade. All you gotta do is change that seventy to a seventy-five. Five points. That's all Hershheiser. Just five points and I'm off the bench. You can do this. You can change my grade.' I see his mustache twitching, his teeth rattling. He's scared and it's funny. And when he says I can't accost him in the parking lot, I say, 'I'm not costing you. You're costing me. Costing me my minutes. My season. All I need is to be up a few points and I get my time back.'Trina:I'm up early and at school before most anybody else. Hanging my art in the C Corridor. My color, my crazy point of view, and--bam!--I make you look twice. Don't get me misunderstood. I don't love being up this early, but for me, no problem. I don't do a lot to look this way. My lucky gold chain hangs around my neck, asleep or awake. A quick shower, a spritz of Passion Pink, my killer outfit laid out for me to jump into. I just stretch, roll, and go. Yeah, yeah. Rocking the hot-pink warm-up suit because all eyes will be on me. What? Don't hate because i got it like this. Kisses to Mami--mmwack--still snoozing. Thanks for hooking it up, Mami. I didn't have to come out all gorgeous. In case you're wondering, that's not conceit. It's just fact. It's like when you see a Picasso--those colors, those shapes, those crazy mixes--and you hear the music in the paintings, you can't help but say, 'That's dope.' When people see me, they see walking art. Leticia:Zero period. Fail one math test and you're up before the first chirp of day. Up before the street lights turn off. While I'm in here I'm missing all that's going on while everyone else is getting' to school. I need to catch it all while it's clicking and flashing: what they're wearing, who they're with, what they're saying. Just have to fake out the teacher, make her think I got to go to the bathroom--can't wait. And while I'm skipping out of zero period, I see that Trina doing what Trina do. Being in everyone's face. Shaking that tail. Walking right through Dominique's space, cutting like a knife. Yeah, Dominique, Basketball Jones. You forget she has natural waves and a nice complexion. You just think girl on the ball court in biggy-baggy basketball jersey and shorts--if you want to call those long bloomers shorts. Trina cutting through her space like a knife, not even knowing now that Dominique is going to beat her up at 2:45. And my friend asking me what I'm going to do. Why do I gotta get involved?
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trina is having a great day, her art is up in school, she looks good, she's happy. Dominique is not having a good day - bad grades got her benched and she gets no sympathy from coach or the teachers. Then Trina walks too close to Dominique. Leticia, watching from the sidelines, knows that Trina is going to get jumped. What's her responsibility? Told in alternating chapters in the voices of three very different girls.
beckystandal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
High School and Up. The majority of 'Jumped' is told over the course of one day in an inner-city high school. Through alternating chapters in the voices of three teenage girls - Trina, bouncy, confident, and artistic; Dominique, an angry basketball player; and Leticia, gossipy and afraid - the story of an average day builds to a jump. Trina has unwittingly offended Dominique, who plans on jumping her in the parking lot after school. Leticia knows Dominique's plans, and knows that Trina doesn't know, but because of laziness and fear doesn't tell Trina. Jumped is a quick read full of anticipation for the reader who is waiting for the fight and its consequences. The voices of the three girls are convincing and authentic, and Williams-Garcia manages to fully develop the girls as characters, which in the multiple narrative and novella formats can be difficult. Not a book for those who like their endings wrapped up neatly, but a great one for conversation. This book has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards. Recommended for all teen public library and high school collections.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girl fights are a part of everyday life and this is the first book I've seen that's addressed this. Thought-provoking.
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot centers around three high school girls and covers the course of events leading to a confrontation between two of them. Each of the chapters is told from the perspective of one of the characters, a device that moves the story forward effectively. However, for me, the problem with the story is that none of the three girls is particularly likeable or compelling. In fact, all three suffer from narcissism and never experience anything that approaches personal growth or insight.. The incident predicted throughout the story happens at the time and place the reader expects with a predictable outcome. This is no "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" and Williams-Garcia is no Garcia Marquez . However, I am going to put it in my high school's collection because it is an easy read and might work as a cautionary tale for readers who have more self-reflection than the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His book is abt some girl beating up another girl an a stupid girl letting i happen? Someone lend this to me please. Just post an answer ( hopefully yes) and ill giveu my email just say this is to rihanna thanx
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Beautiful in an odd way. She has silvery white fur and black fur on her paws and tailtip. She has dazzling green eyes and slightly longer tailfur.
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ParaLadyMoreGaGa More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. After i was done reading it i was found scanning through it. The characters are pretty likeable. At the beggining i was pretty confused. I didn't know the story was based on three diff girls.
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I don't know why or how this was nominated for an award! This was by far the lamest story I have ever read. It was a nightmare just trying to read through to the end. It seemed as Garcia was trying too hard to talk and think like a typical teenager. The entire storyline is unrealistic and the end is even more perplexing and odd. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. She triese to cover different controversial teenager issues and brushes on many but fails to really address any issues. Overall it's a terrible book.