Standing Against the Wind

Traci L. Jones

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Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her new nickname is “Puffy” – thanks to her giant poof of hair. But Patrice’s hair isn’t the only reason she sticks out: she cares about her grades and strives for the best. That’s why Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who lives in the building, asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. Even though Monty’s friends make Patrice uneasy, Monty himself is friendly, confident, and surprisingly smart. When he becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy – her ticket out of the project and a school populated by gangs and drug runners.
 
In her debut novel, Traci L. Jones presents a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities.
 
Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.

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From Standing Against the Wind
Most days, Patrice Williams really didn’t know which she liked least: walking home or actually getting there.
            “Just two more blocks,” she whispered to herself as she stood waiting for the light.
            During the bitterly cold days of winter, the thirteen-year-old had gotten into the habit of counting the blocks until she was safe at home—safe from the freezing cold wind, safe from the nasty comments made by girls who had cut school

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"The gripping story of a contemporary kid who wants to make her dreams come true."  --Booklist
 
"Patrice is a true hero, a child who has the inner strength to overcome roadblocks to success.  Moving and thought-provoking."  --Kirkus Reviews
 
"Stories of hope, loyalty, and success such as this one are valuable."   --School Library Journal
 
"Patrice and Monty emerge as likable kids; readers can plug into their story at multiple levels."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"This excellent first novel is quite memorable, and readers will be drawn into Patrice's quiet but determined quest for a more promising future. A  highly recommended purchase for libraries serving middle and high school students."  --VOYA

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Traci L. Jones

TRACI L. JONES lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado.

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Standing Against the Wind
Traci L. Jones

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award - Author, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Nevada YR Award Master List, New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award Master List, New York Charlotte Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374371746
ISBN10: 0374371741
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
Age Range: 12 to 14
Grade Range: 7 to 9
$16.00

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Trade Paperback
Square Fish
January 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312622930
ISBN10: 0312622937
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 12 to 14
Grade Range: 7 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 780LL
F&P Level A-Z: X

$9.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429930468
ISBN10: 1429930462
Young Adult Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 12 to 14
Grade Range: 7 to 9
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