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Francisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from Spanish Harlem, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. His future seems promising. But soon after Francisco moves into the dorm, his new classmates assume the worst of him: they pepper him with questions about drugs and gangs. It’s all so confusing, made even more complicated when Francisco realizes that back home in the hood, he no longer fits in, though his friends still rely on him to solve their problems. In a desperate attempt to help one of his homies, Francisco makes a terrible decision and becomes everything he fought so hard to rise against.
Greg Takoudes has written a riveting novel about breaking down stereotypes, crossing boundaries, and clinging to where you come from.
"Puerto Rican senior basketballer Francisco Ortiz can’t escape the past . . . A fresh new voice in teen fiction."—Kirkus Reviews
"Gritty, fast-paced urban fiction."—Booklist
"Takoudes chooses authenticity over a pat resolution and doesn’t downplay the consequences of regrettable choices. Purchase where urban fiction is popular."—School Library Journal
"Intense and determinedly realistic, this story will leave a lasting impression on readers."—Publishers Weekly
When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes