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Sharon Draper tells an inspirational story about three doctors who grew up in a tough neighborhood in Newark, NJ. The Book We Beat the Streets is told in a third person setting each character individually describing their challenging childhood and telling how a certain event in the story affected them in their life time. Davis for example tells how going to the hospital the day a huge rock fell on his foot inspired him to become a doctor. Rameck also remembers first meeting Sampson and George in the ninth grade. George tells of how the 3 friends together made it successfully from high school to college. The book takes each of the 3 men through high school, college, medical school and then into their careers as doctors. While George seems relatively calm and serious from the beginning, Hunt found himself in trouble right into medical school. Davis had trouble getting an emergency-medicine internship–and then found himself back in his Newark neighborhood, right where he knew he'd be serving his hometown. Rameck, George, and Sampson could have easily followed their other friends into drug dealing, gangs, and jail. When the three boys were aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental jobs, they made a pact together that they would become successful doctors. It took a lot of determination, courage support from one another, but in the end the three succeeded. Their friendship and hard work put into the pact led all three to graduate from college and medical school. From this day on hey still practice medicine and dentistry in the neighborhood where they grew up. This book was a great page turner I could not put the book down. It was very exciting to see what kind of the trouble the boys would get into next and also what good things they would do within their community. This was also very inspiring to me and should encourage anybody who reads the book to do well in school to become as successful as they did. I recommend this book to anyone...
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