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The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they’re keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world—like the shooting of Tupac Shakur—and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When—all too soon—D’s mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.
Jacqueline Woodson has won numerous awards for her books, including three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.