Family Relationships; Family member death; Single parent; Poverty; death of a father; single mother; living in poverty
Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it--an occasion to rise to.
Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2001, Winner, Best Sequel; Cuffies: Children's Bookseller Choose Their Favorites (and not-so-favorite) Books of thenYear, 2001, Winner, Best Treatment of the Social Issue; Cuffies" Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2001, Winner, Favorite Novel; Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, Winner, Most Eye-Catching Jacket; Golden Kite Award, 2002, Award Book, Fiction; International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Winner, Author; Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2002, Honor, Older Readers; Michael L. Printz Award, 2002, Honor Book; National Book Award, 2001, Winner, Young People's Literature; Pacific Northwest Book Award, 2002, Winner; White Ravens Award, 2002, Winner, United States; Carnegie Medal, 2001, Short List; Carnegie Medal, 2001, Short List; Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature, 2001, Winner
friendship; conduct of life; teenage girls; sex education; relationships; college
novel in verse
Wolff, Virginia Euwer, "True Believer" (2002). DIVerse Families. 1146.