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True Believer

Title

True Believer

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780689852886

Pages

272 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

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

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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