On the Come Up
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral… for all the wrong reasons.
JLG Release: Jun 2019
Awards & Honors
2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor, Fiction and Poetry
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews*
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 3.8; Points: 13;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.2; Points: 23;
Balzer + Bray
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Marijuana, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Strong language, Underage drinking, Violence, Drug dealing, Drug abuse, Gangs
Rap music, Rappers, Hip-hop music and musicians, Family, Fame, Gangs, Dating and relationships, African Americans, Single-parent families,