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Standing Against the Wind

Traci L. Jones

Square Fish

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Living in the projects, Patrice is an easy target for everyone. Not only won’t she stand up for herself, she cares about her grades—unlike her classmates. But that draws the attention of Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. When Monty 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—except her mother.
 
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 and were always hanging
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Praise for Standing Against the Wind

“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.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Traci L. Jones

  • TRACI L. JONES’s first novel, Standing Against the Wind, was met with critical acclaim and was named to five state reading lists. Her next book, Finding My Place, will be available from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Summer 2010. She lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado.
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Standing Against the Wind

Traci L. Jones

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