All Of The Above

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry. I just had to say that.

What? Wouldn’t you be happy that a gruesome week of tests and projects and boring movies is over?

I know plenty of people who would. Specifically, almost everyone in my school.

All Of The Above is about these 4 African American kids (named James, Sharice, Rhondell, and Marcel) who go to a really run down school.

James lives with his uncle his brother, who got into drugs. James misses the old DJ.

Sharice is a foster girl who is always neglected by her “mom” and thinks that if she had kept her mouth shut, her real mom and her gran would still be alive.

Rhondell lives with her mom but really loves her aunt Asia, too. She also really, really wants to get into college.

Marcel is the son of WIlly Q, owner of Willy Q’s Barbeque. Marcel wishes that his dad wouldn’t make him work at the restaurant so much.

One day in math, the teacher starts screaming that no one listens to to him.  When he cools down, Mr. Collins suggests an after school club to break the record for the largest tetrahedron. I call it a pyramid, but whatever. I like simple stuff.

Here’s a link to a picture of a tetrahedron: http://cdn.makezine.com/uploads/2010/02/sierpinski-tetrahedron.jpg

When all 4 kids find themselves after school with their teacher, they all have different thoughts on it.

James thinks its stupid, Sharice and Rhondell are thrilled, and Marcel is O.K. with the whole tetrahedron thing.

But after a while, all them and Mr. Collins start to enjoy the math club even more. That is, until James’s brother and his friends break into the school and destroy the whole entire tetrahedron. At least, what they had made so far.

The club’s dreams are dashed. Except for James. He decides to get the whole tetrahedron back together again, no matter what it takes. Even blackmailing the person who destroyed it.

And the really mind blowing thing is that All Of The Above is based on a true story.

I would give All Of The Above 5 stars. And, I would say that the interest levels for this is 4th to 7th grade.

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All Of The Above

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