Sunday, November 6, 2011

Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon

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Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005. Print.

  •          2006, ALA Alex Awards Winner
  •          2006, ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults

While one serves time in prison, a teen couple communicates their lives and keeps their relationship alive through letters.

How long can a relationship last when you know you will be apart for a long time?

Antonio is in jail for killing his father. Sometimes it feels like his girlfriend, Natasha, is all he can count on. They write letters back and forth, but things change so fast when you are only 17. Antonio is trying hard to make himself the man he wants to be for himself and Natasha, working on his GED, and trying to stay out of trouble in prison. Natasha wants to figure out how to do something for Natasha for once, studying more so she can go to college and live a different life. Can their relationship survive while Antonio is Upstate?

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