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Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero

Thursday May 26, 2016
11:00 am

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For this KidsRead event, we welcomed Sofia Quintero and the 9th grade from The Academy for Young Writers!


About Show and Prove 

 (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

 

The summer of 1983 was the summer hip-hop proved its staying power. The South Bronx is steeped in Reaganomics, war in the Middle East, and the twin epidemics of crack and AIDS, but Raymond “Smiles” King and Guillermo “Nike” Vega have more immediate concerns. 


Smiles was supposed to be the assistant crew chief at his summer camp, but the director chose Cookie Camacho instead, kicking off a summer-long rivalry. Meanwhile, the aspiring b-boy Nike has set his wandering eye on Sara, the sweet yet sassy new camp counselor, as well as top prize at a breakdancing competition downtown. The two friends have been drifting apart ever since Smiles got a scholarship to a fancy private school, and this summer the air is heavy with postponed decisions that will finally be made. 


Raw and poignant, this is a story of music, urban plight, and racial tension that’s as relevant today as it was in 1983.


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About Sofia Quintero

Sofia Quintero is a writer, activist, educator, speaker, and comedienne. She is also the author of Efrain’s Secret and has written several hip-hop novels under the pen name Black Artemis. This self-proclaimed “Ivy League homegirl” graduated from Columbia University and lives in the Bronx. Learn more about Sofia at SofiaQuintero.com.

 

Want more from Sofia Quintero? She told us more about her writing life, and her advice for other writers here.


 

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