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Little Sisters, Listen Up!

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By Ruby Asugha, M.A., M.M.
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A successful African American woman recounts her journey out of poverty and challenges young, urban girls to define their dreams and goals. Journal-format pages ask readers to reflect on pressures in their own lives and how to overcome them.

Item Number: 25-017

Little Sisters, Listen Up!

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Do you have a dream?

What do you want for yourself in the future? Is it a good job that you enjoy doing? Is it someone to love who will always be there for you? Is it a family and home of your own in a nice neighborhood?

For some of you, these things might seem out of reach. Or maybe you're tempted to take shortcuts to get there - things like skipping school, taking drugs, or having sex. These may feel good now, but they will only hurt you in the long run.

So, what's the best way to get what you want?

Listen Up!

Ruby Asugha grew up like many of you are, in a poor, inner-city neighborhood infested with drug dealers. She saw childhood friends get trapped by teen pregnancy, drug addiction, and crime. But with the help of a strong, loving mother and family and her own determination to get an education, she made it out and found her own dream.

Now, she wants to help you learn what it takes to succeed and get what you want in life.
Teen girls will find a message of hope and learn why it's so important to find purpose in their lives and create their own dreams.

Each chapter begins with a thought-provoking quote and brief biography of a successful African-American woman. At the end of each chapter, girls are asked to reflect on a number of questions and write down their answers on journal-format pages. Topics include dealing with poverty and racism, finding good role models, sacrificing immediate pain for long-term gain, and persevering to get an education.


"I've read parts of Little Sisters, Listen Up! and Guys, Let's Keep It Real to my 5th and 6th grade students. The books sparked lively discussions and by the end of class, students were asking for their own copies of the book."
-- Robert Lopez, guidance counselor with the New York City Department of Education

Published by Boys Town Press
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Pages: 138
ISBN-10: 1-889322-61-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-889322-61-2

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