Spellbound: Race and New York City

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The book I chose to read for my book report is called Spellbound by Janet McDonald. The plot starts with Raven living with her mother in the projects in New York City. Raven had a baby at sixteen and had to drop out of high school to take care of her baby boy, Smokey. She wants to be better than another high school dropout, project girl with few prospects. She wants to do it for her mother's sake. Her baby's sake. And for her own sake. She wants to show the ambition she has inside of her and to do well and go to college or even get a high school diploma. Raven’s older sister has finished high school and gone to college. Dell even has a job at a law firm working as a paralegal. On Sundays, Dell comes over to go to church and eat dinner with her mother and sister. She introduces to raven to a spelling bee competition being held that promises the winner enrollment to a college prep high school and a full scholarship to a good college. This all sounds like a dream come true to the family but Raven cannot spell. Raven had done well in all of the other subjects. Raven never did well at all in spelling. At first Raven thought of this proposal as a mean joke her sister was playing. Dell promised her she could do it if she put her heart to it and that she was not kidding. This book tells what it is like to grow up in the projects, with a baby. This book shows how Raven lived and how many people today do also. Spellbound shows the reality of the society in our world today. With her brains, ambition, and support, Raven wins the spelling bee and goes off to finish high school and go to college.

Raven's life is very different than mine. I live in a house in the suburbs in Cincinnati, Ohio. Raven lives in an apartment in New York City, New York. Raven has a "ghetto language" and I think I have a regular English language. We are both Christians although she is Baptist and I am a Catholic. Our food is also very different. In the ghetto, people eat a lot of unhealthy and...
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