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Standing Against the Wind (2007)

Author: Jones, Traci L. [link to author's website]
Publisher: Macmillan
Number of pages: 208 pages

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Living in the projects, Patrice is an easy target for everyone. Not only wont she stand up for herself, she cares about her gradesunlike her classmates. But that draws the attention of Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. When Monty becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academyexcept her mother.

ISBN 13: 978-0-312-62293-0
Reading Level (grade): 4.8