We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success


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Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison.  But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.  It took a lot of determination—and a lot of support from one another—but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded.  Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142406274
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/04/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 30,012
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.59(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1"You Don't Have to Cut My Foot off, Do You?" Hanging Tough: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis3
Chapter 2"Oh, Man, You're in Trouble Again!" School Problems: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt13
Chapter 3"Isn't that School in the Ghetto?" Influential Teachers: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins21
Chapter 4"We're Gonna Jack Us some Icees from Jack's!" Temptation and Its Consequences: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis28
Chapter 5"How Much do You Need?" Dreams and Missed Opportunities: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt36
Chapter 6"Are You Godzilla or King Kong?" The Beginnings of a Dream: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins44
Chapter 7"Yeah, Man. They Say the Driver's Dead." Living and Dying on the Streets: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis50
Chapter 8"I don't Even Know Anybody Who Went to College." Entering Seventh Grade: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins Making Good Grades: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis60
Chapter 9"You Kids are Gonna Get Yourself Killed." The Call of the Streets: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt66
Chapter 10"What's up with That? You Think You Better than Us?" So Easy to Fall into the Drug Scene: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis73
Chapter 11"A Sticky Web of Bright Pink Silly String Across the Astonished Teacher's Face" Foolishness and Understanding: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt82
Chapter 12"I Think We Could All do this-the Three of Us-Together!" The Beginning of the Pact: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins90
Chapter 13"If He Dies, You Get Charged with Attempted Murder." Thanksgiving in Jail: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt100
Chapter 14"How do You Plead?" The Judge Asked, "Guilty, Your Honor." Never Again: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis109
Chapter 15"Not only Had Their Sons Survived, But They were Heading to College." Strengthening the Pact: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins121
Chapter 16"It Feels Good, Man. It's Like Doing Push-Ups with My Brain!" The Possibility of Success: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis128
Chapter 17"The Boy's Neck Bent in an Odd Way, and Hi Body Fell Limp." The End of Violence and the Start of Giving Back: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt137
Chapter 18"Yo, Yo, Yo! Check It Out! Check It Out!" Rap Stars? A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins146
Chapter 19"For the First Time Since High School, the Three of Us won't be Together." Hanging in there: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins153
Chapter 20"Driving while Black" The Possibility of Losing the Dream: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Hunt161
Chapter 21"Sometimes You Gotta Fail in Order to Succeed." Going Back to Where It All Began: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davis167
Chapter 22"To Friends"177

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We Beat the Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story wonderful book very inspirational
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really great book to read. I reccomend it to anyone that is looking for an exccelent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book ! GREAT READ FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! Very inspiring !
CA_mom More than 1 year ago
I found this book looking for something interesting/appropriate for my 11 yr-old (6th grade) boy for a school assignment to read a biography and do a presentation on the person. He ended up doing it on all three doctors. I read the book before I gave it to him, and was inspired. I especially liked the format - stories and then comments by the now-grown-doctors about the incidents they were relating. From the moment he picked up the book, my son was interested. He read it in about 2 days (not his usual pattern, especially for a school project). Not only was the story interesting and inspiring, it challenges the reader to think of his or her own character and his or her own choices. Some of the more difficult part for me was trying to give my son -- a middle-class white suburban kid -- a sense of what the intercity is like and how enticing the world of gangs, guns, and drugs can look to kids who can't see and weren't told about any other options. I know the story of The Three Doctors has been widely shared in the black, especially intercity, community, but this is a story for EVERY KID of every color, class or creed.
aUGUSTINEs10 More than 1 year ago
We Beat the Street is about three friends growing up the ghetto who want to become doctors. They go to the same school and they share the same interests. They get in trouble a lot but that does not stop them. Sampson for instance is arrested for having stolen property, Rameek throws a student ot the ground and gives him a concussion, and George is well, err generally good. my classmates and i enjoyed reading this book.AUGUSTINE S 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this in my class and its very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good because it was suspensful and a nice story and I like the guys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book in school and so far, i LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very inspiring story about 3 kids who were nobodies and became something. It made beleive if you put the effort into something you will achevie. I reccomend this book to everybody!
Tiffanyoodle More than 1 year ago
This book is about three boys who grew up in a very poor neighborhood. They all find each other in high school and form a friendship pact. They all move on to become doctors. My favorite character was all the boys because they were always determined to follow their dream. I liked this book because it showed me that you can do anything you want to do with hard work. You should read this book because it teaches young rweaders to folow their dreams wwith lots of hard work and support.
AllanL9 More than 1 year ago
What I recommened to people is to really get to understand this book and to make sure that people have a good time reading this book as my classmates and I have done. When you get to understand this book you will start to have a fun time reading this book. It starts pretty good with some sequences going on and when u get a little more in to it, then you will start to really enjoy this book. Get out and buy this book. Have Fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because there are several things you can learn from it. It is a true story that will help motivate readers into following their dreams and believe that it will come true if you just work on it. It is written by the three friends, doctors Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt. They wrote something from their experience in each chapter on what made up their minds to want to become doctors. They didn¿t think they could do it because first of all they were black and they also lack money. They lived in a place where selling drugs is the only way to earn money. They also had to learn that staying in the streets could either kill or sent them to jail for the rest of their life the hard way. Everyday they had to struggle against peer pressure, gang violence, and rampant drug use. Then one day while trying to skip class to shoot hoops the boys found themselves listening to a special presentation about the Seton Hall University Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Plus program. For the first time ever, the three friends believed that they might really have an opportunity to make their dreams come true. They made a pack to stay together if they get accepted for the scholarship. For those who love true stories and are eager to learn new things like I do, I recommend you read this book. I think this is a book for teenagers to help them decide what they are going to do with their life and how to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'We beat the street' is an inspirational book about three young men and the challenges of growing up in a rough neighborhood, something, in a way, we can all relate to. With all the negative influences around them it would be hard to imagine life other than drugs, guns, and gangs, but Rameck, Sampson, and George beat the odds and beat the street. Though i recommend this book to everyone it may not be commended by those who want a more literture type work. This book contains a more simiplified verison of their life and doesnt not appeal to those who yearn for advanced language and rhetoric strategies. Dont get me wrong, its a good book that influences young people like me, but i was reading this for an English class and compared to others my book seemed a little premature.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book teaches children no matter where they are from or what they are going through they can do anything they put their minds to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspirational!!!
libmhleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this work three African American doctors tell the story of how they used their brains, loyalty, and few good chances to escape their tough urban neighborhood, go to college and medical school, and become doctors. The book is targeted for an adolescent audience, although there is an adult version, called ¿The Pact¿ available. At the end of each chapter, the doctors give some advice to young people who want to achieve more than those around them expect.Quote: ¿Young people need positive role models and guidance in their lives. There is no underestimating a positive figure in a child¿s life.¿I picked this book up because it is the only one recommended by more than one of my ninth graders. I enjoyed the anecdotes about the childhood and teenage years of the young men, but mostly I appreciated their frank discussion of the challenges their lives presented, the choices they needed to make, and the belief of many in their neighborhood that they would never get out. I think young people would enjoy the work even more than I did, since the authors were careful to target students.
toriaddai17 More than 1 year ago
I had a great time reading this book. This book is perfect for everyone, especially young readers. They have wonderful life lessons that are essential for everyone. My favorite part was after each chapter the men wrote their own page showing how they felt in each chapter and what they have learned in their past. This book is definitely a must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ama-a-azing! It teaches about the story of 3 boys. Students love it.
buffoonery More than 1 year ago
After reading this book for a class assignment, I have realized that, this is not just a story, it is a life lesson, I would recommend reading this book because the movement it will give you to look past the struggles in life and will motivate you to become what you desire to be. The only flaw about this book was, it was at a very easy reading level. It would be a great book to give to middle schoolers so they can be motivated to stay out of trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. It teaches young minds about life and good choice making. Never a waste of my time. This book is perfect for just about anyone. It teaches readers about 3 young boys and their good and bad choices and the consequences they get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opens up great minds to sucess. I recomend this book to anybody who needs another view on life. This book shows it all!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is the best thing since Doctor Who! And that's saying something because I LOVE Doctor Who.