When We Wuz Famous

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-05
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Francisco, a straight-A student from Spanish Harlem, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. His future seems promising, but when he moves into the dorm, his new classmates assume the worst; they pepper him with questions about drugs, gangs, rap, and the barrio. In an environment of privilege and possibility, Francisco becomes everything he'd fought so hard to avoid. It's all so confusing, made even more complicated when Francisco realizes that back home in Spanish Harlem, he no longer fits in. In an attempt to help one of his "brothers" from the hood, Francisco makes a terrible decision that costs him his future and leads to his friend's demise. Greg Takoudes has written a riveting novel about breaking down stereotypes, crossing boundaries, and clinging to where you come from.

Author Biography

Greg Takoudes is an author and filmmaker whose feature film, Up with Me—which inspired his first novel, When We Wuz Famous—won several awards, including the Special Jury Award at South by Southwest, and was distributed by IFC Films.  Prior to moving to New York, he worked for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer as a member of the creative team at Imagine Entertainment in Los Angeles. Greg lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. For more about Greg, visit Takoudes.com.    

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