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A hope in the unseen : an American odyssey from the inner city to the Ivy League

Author: Ron Suskind
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1999, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st trade paperback edView all editions and formats
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At Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in Washington, D.C., honor students have learned to keep their heads down. Like most inner-city kids, they know that any special attention in a place this dangerous can make you a target of violence. But Cedric Jennings will not swallow his pride, and with unwavering support from his mother, he studies and strives as if his life depends on it--and it does. The summer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Cedric Lavar Jennings; Cedric Lavar Jennings
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Suskind
ISBN: 0767901266 9780767901260
OCLC Number: 41553218
Description: 373 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Something to push against --
Don't let them hurt your children --
Rise and shine --
Skin deep --
To him who endureth --
Pretender --
Good-bye to yesterday --
Fierce intimacies --
Bill payers on parade --
Bursting heart --
Back home --
Let the colors run --
Place up ahead --
Meeting the man.
Responsibility: Ron Suskind.

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At Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in Washington, D.C., honor students have learned to keep their heads down. Like most inner-city kids, they know that any special attention in a place this dangerous can make you a target of violence. But Cedric Jennings will not swallow his pride, and with unwavering support from his mother, he studies and strives as if his life depends on it--and it does. The summer after his junior year, at a program for minorities at MIT, he gets a fleeting glimpse of life outside, a glimpse that turns into a face-on challenge one year later: acceptance into Brown University, an Ivy League school. At Brown, finding himself far behind most of the other freshmen, Cedric must manage a bewildering array of intellectual and social challenges. Cedric had hoped that at college he would finally find a place to fit in, but he discovers he has little in common with either the white students, many of whom come from privileged backgrounds, or the middle-class blacks. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric is left to rely on his faith, his intelligence, and his determination to keep alive his hope in the unseen--a future of acceptance and reward that he struggles, each day, to envision.

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