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Jumped

by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2009
    176 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Trina: "Hey," I say, though I don't really know them. The boyed-up basketball girl barely moves. The others, her girls, step aside. It's okay if they don't speak. I know how it is. They can't all be Trina.

Dominique: Some stupid little flit cuts right in between us and is like, "Hey." Like she don't see I'm here and all the space around me is mines. I slam my fist into my other hand because she's good as jumped.

Leticia: Why would I get involved in Trina's life when I don't know for sure if I saw what I thought I saw? Who is to say I wasn't seeing it from the wrong angle?

Acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia intertwines the lives of three very different teens in this fast-paced, gritty narrative about choices and the impact that even the most seemingly insignificant ones can have. Weaving in and out of the girls' perspectives, readers will find themselves not with one intimate portrayal but three.

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"[M]asterfully builds tension to the momentous ending. Although readers can anticipate the tragedy that transpires, it is shocking and agonizing nonetheless. Young Adults." - Kirkus Reviews.

"While the book is extremely realistic and tightly-written, the author leaves the reader wanting more from the characters." - Children's Literature.

"Starred Review. So well observed that the characters seem to leap off the page, the novel leaves a strong and lingering impact. Ages 12+." - Publishers Weekly.

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Winner of the PEN/Norma Klein Award, Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of five other distinguished novels for young adults: Blue Tights, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, Like Sisters on the Homefront, and No Laughter Here, the latter four of which were chosen as ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Like Sisters on the Homefront was also named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a best book of the year by ALA Booklist, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and Publishers Weekly.

She is currently a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program. She has two daughters and lives in Jamaica, New York.

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