Twists and Turns
By Janet McDonald
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374399559, 144pp.)
Publication Date: September 5, 2006
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The Washington sisters make good in the ’hood
It may have taken them an extra year or two to do it, but the Washington sisters finally graduated high school, and this definitely calls for a celebration. But after the party ends, then what? The girls have no plans. Unlike their smart best friend Raven Jefferson, who’s away at college, and their nerdy best friend Toya Larson, who’s in computer training, and
their overall best friend Aisha Ingram, who's rocking in TV commercials, Keeba and Teesha are still hanging out on neighborhood benches as if nothing's changed. Then an older friend convinces the sisters that they, too, have a skill – braiding hair – and why not make a business of it? With a loan from Aisha, the Washingtons open TeeKee’s Tresses in a rented storefront, and the future looks pretty solid . . . that is, until a rival’s jealousy, a landlord's greed, and a politician’s scheme turn the sisters' world upside down.
Janet McDonald introduces readers to two sisters who discover that all you have to do is stick together to handle life’s many twists and turns. Twists and Turns is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Janet McDonald (1953-2007), a lawyer, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to her previous young adult novels set in Hillbrook Houses, Chill Wind, for which she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and Spellbound, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, she is also the author of the adult memoir Project Girl.
"Raucous and tender, harsh and hopeful...McDonald shows how hard things are, even as she tells a story of teens with 'ghetto glamour,' who find the strength in themselves and in those around them to rebuild and carry on." --Starred, Booklist
"Janet McDonald brings the dreams and personal battles of the Hillbrook Houses residents to life...The author offers an even balance of hardship and humor as the determined teens combat their many obstacles." --Publishers Weekly