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Brother Hood

Brother Hood

Janet McDonald

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)




Nate Whitely's life at a prestigious prep school in upstate New York takes him far from his Harlem home but not so far as to sever the strong bond he has to his neighborhood. Like his prep school friends, Nate is doing well academically and has his sights set on college. But complications from one life intrude into the other. His childhood friend Hustle won't give up his street-smart ways and doesn't want Nate to either. Nate's older brother, Eli, just can't seem to keep things together and is headed for major trouble. Will Nate be able to sustain these powerful ties without jeopardizing all that he's achieved?

This provocative story about a young man straddling two very different worlds unfolds against a backdrop of brotherhood and betrayal, friendship and loyalty, and captures the dilemma of those who would carve out a unique destiny for themselves.


Brother Hood

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Praise for Brother Hood

“Has an authenticity and immediacy that will appeal as well as being a great title for discussion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“As always with McDonald's work, it's the anger, sadness, and laugh-out-loud honesty about the contemporary scene that will hold readers. This is a stirring celebration of Harlem, its roots, diversity, and change.” —Booklist

“McDonald's keen ear for dialect really shines when she addresses intraracial issues. Nate's story affirms and celebrates life in a changing but still-challenging Harlem.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Nate remains a strong, engaging character as he finds himself pulled between Harlem and the Fletcher School, his homeboys and his preppie pals. Hard-hitting yet thoughtful.” —The Horn Book

“McDonald has another bestseller here. This novel will be a surefire hit with teens from all backgrounds.” —VOYA

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About the author

Janet McDonald

Janet McDonald (1953-2007) is the author of the adult memoir Project Girl. She is the author of three books set in the Brooklyn projects: Chill Wind, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Spellbound, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Twists and Turns, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Paris, France.

Janet McDonald

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