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Dough Boys

By: Paula Chase

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?

ISBN: 9780062691811

JLG Release: Dec 2019

Sensitive Areas: Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Gun Violence
Topics: Basketball , Best friends , Friendship , Gangs , Brothers , African Americans , Music and musicians , Urban schools , Housing projects , Adolescence

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First Release

December 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 9;

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Hardcover edition


Greenwillow Bks.

Potentially Sensitive Areas

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


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

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