Hip Hop High School is another novel that I have been trying to get my hands on for awhile. When my students really love a book, they don't return it to the library, they pass it on to their friends. This novel, about Theresa Anderson's final three years of high school, has been making the rounds for awhile.
Hip Hop High School is the second book in the Hoopster trilogy and is definitely my favorite. Tee-ay, the protagonist, is extremely likable, someone that you would want to share french fries with. Her inner dialogue is spot on and she remains optimistic in spite of the challenges in her life.
Alan Lawrence Sitomer sneaks in some life tips for readers who might not be getting them anywhere else. Tee-ay uses complex vocabulary words and explains them as "XYZ is a good word to know the SAT. It means ABC." Sitomer also gives advice on SAT prep and college applications. Clever move.
It was interesting to read the novels out of order. For example, The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez describes many of the same events from the perspective of Tee-ay's best friend. I loved that and bet that a lot of young readers did too.
And now I wait. Hopefully Mr. Sitomer will have a new book out soon because everyone at my school is ready for one!