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After Tupac and D Foster

by Jacqueline Woodson

D Foster showed up a few months before Tupac got shot that first time and left us the summer before he died. The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens...


D Foster showed up a few months before Tupac got shot that first time and left us the summer before he died. The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is the one who truly understands the place where he’s coming from, and through knowing D, Tupac’s lyrics become more personal for all of them.

The girls are thirteen when D’s mom swoops in to reclaim D—and as magically as she appeared, she now disappears from their lives. Tupac is gone, too, after another shooting; this time fatal. As the narrator looks back, she sees lives suspended in time, and realizes that even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.

A Discussion Guide to After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Hardcover - 151 pages - $17.99
ISBN: 0399246541 (ISBN13: 9780399246548)
Published Jan 10, 2008 by Putnam Juvenile
First published 2008

requested by

Mrs. Sobomehin (Biology Teacher/ 10th Grade Advisor)

at East Palo Alto Academy, Menlo Park, CA

Here since Jan 28, 2016

Books received - 10

Growing up I was immersed in an inner city underprivileged community, but on the flip side was surrounded by well accomplished family members. Because of this exposure, I saw what was possible when the opportunity for education was provided readily and the complexities of life that came with poverty and hardship. Having this duel perspective has given me a passion, specifically for communities like East Palo Alto. I understand that these students are more then pupils, they have lives, histories, hardships, and all of their experiences have major implications on their academic identities. Knowing this I try to engage their passions to get them excited about the possibilities that arise when you are committed to being a learner and this extends way behind the science context.

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Advisory is our schools effort to engage the entire student. In advisory we provide academic support, promote social- emotional intelligence and act on behalf...

Advisory is our schools effort to engage the entire student. In advisory we provide academic support, promote social- emotional intelligence and act on behalf of the student as a liaison between the school and the students family.

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