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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 despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded.  Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 04, 2005 – The authors of the adult bestseller The Pact here redirect their story for a younger audience. The three young doctors from Newark, N.J., reflect upon the seminal moments, people and relationships from early childhood to graduation that led them to choose medicine over the street (even though the boys " even know anybody who went to college"). Each chapter begins with a childhood incident, followed by the doctor's narrative about what that event meant to his future. The authors honestly portray both their successes and failures, including flirting with crime. In one, Rameck Hunt, then in 11th grade, and some old friends (whom his mother called "thugs") beat a homeless man for smoking on school property, until he was critically injured; after Rameck's release from a weekend in a detention center, he resolves to focus on his future. George Jenkins's memory of his first trip to the dentist seeds the early passion that would grow into his own vocation in dentistry. The doctors show how their pact to stick together and support each other through college and medical school helped them achieve their goals. Throughout, the three stay true to themselves, such as when, in a summer pre-med program at Seton Hall, Sampson Davis defends wearing baggy jeans and sweats in a hospital: "If I live in the hood, and I work in the hood, then my patients will think I'm dressed appropriately, don't you think?" Readers searching for role models should find much to cheer and emulate here. Ages 10-up.

Customer Reviews

Awesome, Awe-Inspiring Book

This book totally deserves the 5 stars I gave it! This is about three boys who grew up on the rough streets in Newark, New Jersey where guns, drugs, and alcohol are just everyday things. But they made a pack to overcome their tough circumstances and all go to medical school together, no matter how long and hard the journey may be - and two become doctors and the other becomes a dentist! They were successful only because they had each other, and this book truly shares the message that, "If you can dream it, you can do it!" I HIGHLY recommend this book, because it has truly inspired me to try to do something great with my life, and I know that many others think the exact same too. Read this one of a kind book, and your life will be changed forever for a mere $11.99.


This book is crazy awesome. So inspirational. I can't believe that it's true.

We beat the streets

This book is amazing and has taught me things I didn't know before.

We Beat the Street
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: Apr 21, 2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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