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Little Sisters, Listen Up!

Little Sisters, Listen Up!

No. 8816


A Message of Hope to Girls Growing Up in Poverty, Racism, and Despair
by Ruby Asugha, M.A., M.M.

They were three African-American schoolgirls living on Chicago's tough West Side. Each dreamed of escaping from the decay, drugs, prostitution and poverty that defined their neighborhood. One found a way out and is living her dreams. The other two did not.

This is the story of Ruby Asugha, who knows firsthand the daily perils and pressures young, urban girls face. In these pages, she explains why it's so important to find purpose in your life and make your own dreams.

Each chapter begins with a thought-provoking quote and brief biography of a successful African-American woman. At the end of each chapter, girls are asked to reflect on a number of questions and write down their answers on journal-format pages. The book touches on many issues, including love, poverty, racism, pain and pleasure, the American dream, and purpose. (138 pp.)

Review
"I've read parts of Little Sisters, Listen Up! and Guys, Let's Keep It Real to my 5th and 6th grade students. The books sparked lively discussions and by the end of class, students were asking for their own copies of the book."
-Robert Lopez, guidance counselor with the New York City Department of Education

 

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