Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Woods, Brenda.
New York : Putnams, 2004
ISBN 0399240063
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This book starts out at a funeral for Emako.  You get the impression that she was very loved. Then each chapter is told in flashbacks from the point of view of various people in her life: Monterey, Emako's best friend; Jamal, the player who was in love with her; Savannah, a girl who is jealous of Emako's beauty and singing ability; and Eddie, Emako's good friend who knows what it's like to have an older brother in prison. What you don't know until the end is who exactly Emako was and why she died so young.  (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, DPS, CO)
SUBJECTS:      African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.

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