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

ISBN: 0142406279

ISBN13: 9780142406274

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...

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6 ratings

Long live the three doctors

This is a very strong and inspirational story. I hope children growing up in poor neighborhoods will become successful so they don’t end up following street life

Extremly Good

Chris Cummings We Beat the Streets This book "We Beat the Streets" can show people, it doesn't matter were you come from. You can always become something even if you live in the ghetto. This Book is about three doctors, George Jenkins, Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt, and all three of them come from a New Jersey city, Newark. All three of them fulfill there dream and go to college. In the book there are incidents from the lives of all three doctors about them living in the bad areas of Newark when they were kids. They did some bad things at first in there lives but then they realized later on in there life that the street life won't pay off in the end. As the reader reads this book they will follow Sampson, Rameck and George as there journey from first grade through medical school. See them achieve there goals. In this book "We Beat the Streets" it shows tragedy of street life and how still living in bad communities you can always achieve your goals. The content of "We Beat the Street" was edited really good for such young readers, making it a want to read book for this age level. The style of this book was simple but also attractive which will catch reader's eyes. Also the message was to the reader is excellent. It puts a warning to readers and also it's a inspiration, and encourages higher education, especially for those who doubt their ability to achieve there education goals. "We Beat The Streets" was one of the best books I have ever read on a subject like this. I extremely recommend this book to readers.

tilly 1

This book is a great learning tool for any kid to read. It is a true story and the three men that the book talked about are great mentors. I did a mentor program for these three men and it was great.

A Demand for High School Curriculum

Reading "We Beat The Street" should be a mandatory high school requirement. Based on "The Pact," this book makes an effort to grab students by the hand and show them how to be successful through beautifully written memoir. The book explores race, correctional institutions, the issues regarding class status and college experience, as well as the nature of a citizen's responsibility to their community. I am excited to teach this book this year.


I was pleased to see such a great "non-fiction" book on the New York Times's Bestselling list. I was looking for a fiction book at the time, but bought this one instead. This is an inspiring story of how three boys beat the odds in life, what inspired the changes in them, and how they overcame their obstacles. It's so well-written and edited that children will have no trouble understanding the message of hope it conveys. If they could do it, anyone can do it. I recommend it for everyone; even adults can learn from these courageous young men.

Inspiring True Story

An inspiring account of three inner city boys who succeed in overcoming the odds, entering college, and fulfilling their dreams, "We Beat the Street" is a marvelous work. Written for kids, this book selects incidents from the lives of each of the three doctors in order to illustrate the great obstacles they had to surmount and the truth that street life won't pay off in the end. The reader follows Sampson, George, and Rameck as they journey from first grade through medical school, and watches them as they achieve their goals in triumph. "We Beat the Street" shows the tragedy of street life and the necessity of aid for these communities. The content of "We Beat the Street" was skillfully edited and condensed for younger readers, making it graspable for that age level. The style was simple, but attractive, and the message was excellent. It forcefully imparted a warning, and encouraged higher education, especially for those who doubt their ability to achieve such educational goals. "Street" was quite simply one of the best books I have ever read on the subject, and deserves a wide audience. Reviewed by Anna Kleiner for Flamingnet Book Reviews
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