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McDonald, Janet.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
ISBN 0374399557

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Teesha and Keeba have finally graduated from high school.  Well, it took them a few extra years to do it but they did it.  Now what?  A few of their friends from the projects have gone on to college.  One even hit it big doing television commercials.  But the Washington sisters have no direction.  No idea what will happen to them.  But when the local librarian gives them an idea, things begin to change.  At first, the girls just laugh at the idea.  When they really think about it, hope sets in.  Can they really pull it off?  Can two teens from the projects open their own business?

Booktalk #2

The Washington sisters, Keeba and Teesha, have just graduated high school at last! After celebrating with a party their mother didnít know about, itís time to think about what they want to do with their lives. Their best friend, Aisha, is starring in TV commercials; another good friend, Raven, is going to college. Enter Skye March, the librarian who has moved from her condo to live in the projects. Skye suggests that Keeba and Teesha set up a shop doing something they have done for their neighbors: braiding hair. Will TeeKeeís Tresses make it?  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Public housing -- Fiction.
                        Entrepreneurship -- Fiction.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.
                        Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.


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