Harlem Hustle

Janet McDonald

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Hustle’s personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents and dismissed by frustrated teachers.
 
Abandoned to the streets to raise himself, Eric Samson knows life won’t be easy, beginning with the choices he must make. The fast cash of the streets still tempts him, but the threat of getting locked up – again – is daunting. Maybe Eric’s way out is as Harlem Hustle, the rapper he dreams of being. At his side is Manley “Ride” Freeman, surrogate brother and best friend. And Jeannette Simpson, the college-bound “round-the-way” girl he hopes will be more than a friend. But does Eric have the strength to leave the familiar street life behind and the courage to reach for his dream?
 
In her companion to Brother Hood, Janet McDonald once again captures the rhythms of Harlem in this fast, funny story of a restless teenager who uses the power of words to rise above it all.

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Janet McDonald

JANET MCDONALD (1953-2007) 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.

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Harlem Hustle
Janet McDonald

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR Paper
October 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374328559
ISBN10: 0374328552
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$16.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
October 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374371845
ISBN10: 0374371849
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$16.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
October 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803183
ISBN10: 1466803185
Young Adult Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.99
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