Parents' Guide to

After Tupac and D Foster

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Powerful coming-of-age tale of tween girls bonded by music.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

I just want to let our kids no ahead of time

i think that this book is very age should let kids read these book because you want to let them know before they get older and get themselves into something in big sorry for you other people that dont agree with me but is just the way i feel.i fell lyke the age 9 and up is the right age to let our kids know that as you get older you are going to go through some things and that you are not going to make the right decsion all the time but try to make that decsion most of the time.thats all im trying to sat=y too our kids..
age 13+

Friendship Triumphs Poverty

A great friendship book about some African-American tween-aged girls. Sometimes a bit gritty (prison, homosexuality, gangs, foster kids, shooting) the book is very informative and touching.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This story of friends united by their love of music has the power to open minds and bring together readers of vastly different experiences. One of the many purposes of literature is to let readers see themselves in the characters and see how people like them deal with the joys and difficulties of life. Many young readers will find themselves on the pages of After Tupac and D Foster. Author Jacqueline Woodson depicts a time, a place, and a friendship that all feel very real, and she uses the device of their love of rapper Tupac Shakur to make their experience universal. Any kid who has loved Shakur, or any musician, and used that person or group's music to help them figure out and get through their lives, will relate.

Another purpose of literature is to expose readers to lives different from their own, to open closed minds and broaden experience. Hanging her story on Shakur allows Woodson to accomplish both purposes. Tupac Shakur was one of those figures who divided America into two mutually uncomprehending groups -- those who loved him and found personal meaning in his work, and those who dismissed him as a gangsta who reaped what he sowed. Woodson opens up the world of the former group to the latter, who, after reading this, may want to reassess their hasty judgments and perhaps learn more.

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