Fast Talk on a Slow Track
ISBN: 0141302313
EAN13: 9780141302317
Language: English
Pages: 192
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Fast Talk on a Slow Track

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Book Overview
From National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia Denzel Watson is a fast talker with a system, and it's made him valedictorian. But when he goes to a summer program at Princeton, he takes a fall. How can he tell his proud family that he won't be able to cut it in the Ivy League? Instead, he spends the rest of the summer selling candy, up against Top Man Mello, a drop-out with a police record. For the first time, Denzel is forced to take a hard look at himself -- and how much further he could fall. Williams-Garcia confronts some crucial issues that are generally ignored in YA fiction: issues of class and race, friendship and competition, identity and failure. -- Booklist Teens everywhere will be able to identify and commiserate with Denzel. School Library Journal , starred review