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True Believer

Title

True Believer

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Pages

272 pages

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780689852886

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Single parent; Poverty; death of a father; single mother; living in poverty

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

single mother

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

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

Keywords

friendship; conduct of life; teenage girls; sex education; relationships; college

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel in verse

True Believer

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