McDonald, Janet Spellbound

ISBN 13: 9780007143023

Spellbound

 
9780007143023: Spellbound

A teenage mother from the New York Projects wants to get to college – but she’s got to learn to spell first…

Raven’s life has been derailed. She never expected she’d be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha. Is she going to be just another high school dropout, a project girl with few prospects? Could be – except Raven has ambition. Still, when is she going to find the time to finish school? In the few minutes she’s not looking for a job or caring for her son, Smokey? Then her older sister Dell tells her about a spelling competition that promises the winner enrolment in a college preparatory programme and a scholarship for college itself. Spelling? It’s Raven’s worst subject. But Raven is determined to win, and so she starts memorising words.

In Janet McDonald’s powerful and funny novel, a smart and resilient young woman whose life isn’t what she dreamed it would be learns that there are many ways to spell “success”.

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Review:

“McDonald uses a chorus of highly authentic, lively young voices to convey heartbreaks and dreams reverberating in a Brooklyn ghetto… [Raven’s] ability to turn her life around defies the notion that girls like her and Aisha are stuck on a dead-end street.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“One of the best of the many recent stories about teens in the city projects, this first novel is read-aloud funny, even as it tells the harsh truth about how hard it is to break free… Best of all, [McDonald] humanizes the individual people behind the stereotype of poor people who are ‘project trash.’”
Booklist, starred review

“So real. So funny. So inspiring. Even if you can't relate to being a single mom in the projects (which I can cause I am) you'll be laughing so loud and rooting so hard that you'll forget you're not. This is my favorite book of all the teenage books I've read.”
amazon.com reader review

From the Back Cover:

'Raven flipped the baby back onto his stomach for powdering and back over again for diapering before the white dust had even settled on his brown, bowed legs. It was one of the few things she felt she did really well…'

One stupid night with Jesse had changed Raven's life
for ever – now what does she have:
a baby
no qualifications
no job

Her best friend, Aisha, just chills out, takes life as it comes, but Raven wants more – a job, college, something! But what chance has she got, especially where she comes from?
Who'd want to believe in someone from New York's Housing Projects? Then her sister comes up with a great idea: win the spelling competition, and Raven could get a scholarship to college. One problem – spelling is Raven's worst subject…ever.

'…heartbreaks and dreams in a Brooklyn ghetto'
'Publisher's Weekly'

'…read-aloud funny, even as it tells the harsh truth about how hard it is to break free'
'Booklist' starred review

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