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Dough Boys



by
Paula Chase

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Greenwillow Bks.
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780062691811
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Gun Violence
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Deontae “Simp” Wright has big plans for his future. Plans that involve basketball, his best friend, Rollie, and making enough money to get his mom and four younger brothers out of the Cove, their low-income housing project. Long term, this means the NBA. Short term, it means being a dough boy—getting paid to play lookout and eventually moving up the rungs of the neighborhood drug operation with Rollie as his partner.

Rolland “Rollie” Matthews used to love playing basketball. He loved the rhythm of the game, how he came up with his best drumbeats after running up and down the court. But playing with the elite team comes with extra, illegal responsibilities, and Rollie isn’t sure he’s down for that life. The new talented-and-gifted program, where Rollie has a chance to audition for a real-life go-go band, seems like the perfect excuse to stop being a dough boy. But how can he abandon his best friend?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Gun Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.8: points 9

Lexile

HL700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2019

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Basketball. Best friends. Friendship. Gangs. Brothers. African Americans. Music and musicians. Urban schools. Housing projects. Adolescence.

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