By Jacqueline Woodson
The day D Foster enters Neeka and her most sensible friend's lives, the realm opens up for them. all at once they're keenly conscious of issues past their block in Queens, issues which are taking place within the world—like the taking pictures of Tupac Shakur—and looking for their mammoth goal in lifestyles. When—all too soon—D's mother swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they're left with a feeling of ways quick issues can switch and the way even all-too-brief connections can contact deeply.
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