When We Wuz Famous

Greg Takoudes

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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Francisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, 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.

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Let’s begin by saying what this story is not. For starters, it’s not crap. That’s not to say this story is necessarily any good—it’s just not packed with lies. It’s not about a bunch of perfect-looking teenagers who dance around in designer outfits, stage pillow fights, and deliver the perfect, rip-roaring comeback to every insult. Nope. This is a story about real kids. Actual kids. Kids you like, kids you love, kids you hate—the types of kids you know.
Now, technically, you would have to call this a love

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"Puerto Rican senior basketballer Francisco Ortiz can’t escape the past. . . A fresh new voice in teen fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Intense and determinedly realistic, this story will leave a lasting impression on readers."--Publishers Weekly
 

"Gritty, fast-paced urban fiction." -- Booklist

"Compelling." -- BCCB

 "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


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Greg Takoudes

Greg Takoudes is an author and filmmaker whose feature film, Up with Me—which inspired his first novel, When We Wuz Famous—won several awards, including the Special Jury Award at South by Southwest, and was distributed by IFC Films.  Prior to moving to New York, he worked for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer as a member of the creative team at Imagine Entertainment in Los Angeles. Greg lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. For more about Greg, visit Takoudes.com.    

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
March 2013
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ISBN: 9780805098419
ISBN10: 0805098410
Young Adult Fiction320 pages
Age Range: 14 to 18
Grade Range: 9 to 12
$9.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
March 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805094527
ISBN10: 0805094520
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 14 to 18
Grade Range: 9 to 12
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