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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teens try to make murdered friend a rap star in fun caper.

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This fun caper is full of admirable, lovable characters, and despite some dark subject matter -- gang violence, drug dealing, and the difficulty of rising from poverty -- it's uplifting and hopeful. Let Me Hear a Rhyme is Tiffany D. Jackson's third novel, and her mastery of her craft is apparent. She has a great ear for dialogue; the Brooklyn teens speak and narrate in authentic dialect. The point of view alternates among the three main characters, and the story is easy to follow through the different accounts. Each individual seems fully developed.

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