Peas and Carrots

Tanita S. Davis

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Peas and Carrots

Peas and Carrots In this new YA novel by Tanita S Davis the Coretta Scott King Honor author of Mare s War a white teen named Dess is placed into foster care with a black family while her mother is incarcerated

  • Title: Peas and Carrots
  • Author: Tanita S. Davis
  • ISBN: 9780553512830
  • Page: 178
  • Format: ebook
  • In this new YA novel by Tanita S Davis, the Coretta Scott King Honor author of Mare s War, a white teen named Dess is placed into foster care with a black family while her mother is incarcerated.

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    1. Kelly on said:

      This dual narrative, told through first and third person POV, follows Hope -- a black girl from a nice, middle class family -- and Dessa -- a white girl who has been in and out of the foster care/home system for much of her life. When Dessa's taken in by Hope's family, she's a lot of things: angry, confused, resentful, and, deep down, ready to be accepted into a place where she fits. She's placed in Hope's family's home because her biological half-brother Austin was placed with them, and she wan [...]

    2. Ms. Yingling on said:

      Copy sent by the author, just because I asked! Ah!Dess's mother Trish is in jail for drugs, but is also under protection because she is going to testify and hopefully put some gang members away. Dess has been in foster care, but that's been almost as rocky as her life with her mother. When she ends up in a new placement, she is surprised that she is placed with her younger brother Austin's foster family. The Carters are an African-American family; Dess is Caucasian, and Austin is mixed. The Cart [...]

    3. Melissa on said:

      As a foster parent (of sorts) myself, this one rang completely true. Excellent.

    4. Brandy Painter on said:

      Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis is a wonderful book about life, family, friendship with two very different perspectives on both.Hope is used to the revolving door of foster kids that go through her family's home. It's often hard on her because she wants to care for and protect those kids, but then they always have to leave. Dessa's presence in her house is hard on Hope for different reasons. This is first time her parents' have taken [...]

    5. Amy on said:

      Two sentence summary: solid transition novel for students who are too old for Middle Grades literature and too young for Young Adult. Reminds me of a cross between Call Me Hope and One for the Murphys. Ideal reading audience: ages 12-14.Plot summary: Odessa ("Dess") is in foster care. She was most recently placed in a group home, and, before that, she spent some time living on the streets. A social worker connects her to her younger brother, who was placed in foster care with a well-to-do family [...]

    6. Francesca Forrest on said:

      Lovely book, sympathetic, rounded, interesting characters, a believable, complicated situation, good pacing, and a touching ending. Fifteen-year-old Odessa (Dess) has been moved from a group home foster care situation to the home of the family who's been caring for her four-year-old brother (their parents are in jail). That family has a daughter, Hope, who's just Dess's age. Their mutually suspicious move toward friendship and understanding unfold agains the backdrop of Hope's warm, idiosyncrati [...]

    7. Peach on said:

      This story is soimportant. After her mother is arrested for drug-related reasons, Dess and her toddler brother, Austin, are placed into foster care. A social worker is gracious enough to welcome them into her home as she's done with many other children before. Although hesitant, Dess has no choice in the matter and is forced to follow along, anyway. The Carters are nothing butkind , but she clashes immediately with their daughter, Hope, who is around the same age.Honestly, I loved the book. The [...]

    8. Kelly Hager on said:

      Dess (short for Odessa) has just gotten a new foster home. She lives with her biological brother Austin (he's been there for years and is the reason she's been placed there), a sick baby named Jamaira and Hope (her foster parents' daughter). Dess and Hope immediately clash although eventually they learn they have a lot in common (including Austin). I really like this book. Dess and Hope are richly drawn characters and I love Austin and Hope's parents. This is the kind of book that just makes you [...]

    9. Eva on said:

      Elizabeth Wein said it best when she called it "a piercing, true slice of real life." And it was kind of a nice change to read about a white foster kid finding shelter with a settled and loving African-American family.

    10. Claire on said:

      Solid, if a little didactic, younger YA/older MG. Great for the 12-14yo fans of Wonder, not-too-edgy intro-to-issues books.

    11. Bethany Miller on said:

      With both parents in prison, Dess has bounced around from living with her grandmother, to a foster home, to a group home, and through it all she has learned to be tough and to only rely on herself. Dess, who is white, gets placed with the African American Carter family because they have been fostering her younger half-brother Austin and it’s a chance for them to be reunited. Hope Carter is the same age as Dess, and the two do not exactly hit it off. Though the Carters have a beautiful home and [...]

    12. Rachel Neumeier on said:

      I fear that for me, this title is an active turn-off. I get that it means, “As different as…” But I still think it’s a stupid-sounding title. The story is quite good, though.This is a story where Dess, a white teenager caught up in the foster care system, goes to stay with the black family that’s been fostering her mixed-race baby brother. There’s a lot of embedded issues in a situation like that, obviously, and in less deft hands you can see how it would turn into a preachy message- [...]

    13. Debbie on said:

      *possible minor spoilers*Unlike other reviews, I'm fine with the ambiguous ending. Life in foster care doesn't end in a neat little bow. I'm glad this book doesn't either. Written by an author who grew up in Hope's shoes, Hope's side seems to ring a smidgen more true. I can't think of any other stories (or even blog sources) from a foster sibling, so I think this voice is Important. As others have said, this book is written from two perspectives, two teenage girls, one in foster care, who moves [...]

    14. Hannah on said:

      I really liked the book especially because there is so much stress going on between the sisters (one of which is a foster kid) in my story. It shows how they grew closer and relied on each other sometimes. I would totally recommend this book to anyone. P.S. there is some bad language in it.

    15. Sarah on said:

      I was pleasantly surprised by this story of a white teenager in foster care, sent to live with an educated, well-to-do African American family. The foster family has a daughter the same age as the central character and, as expected, the two teens are off to a rocky start. Obviously the two become friends, the hardened foster child warms up the her new family, and the book ends on a hight note. However, the story between the beginning and the end is credible, interesting, and worthy of a read.

    16. Kimberli Heck on said:

      Cute story. Very tame story line that tries to add some suspense, but it got lost somewhere.

    17. Kiana Cook on said:

      This was a cute middle grade read. It takes some rather weighted subjects—the foster care system, racism, broken families—and treats them with respect while not being overly preachy in any regard. It’s another book that I think I would have appreciated more as a younger reader—it’s well-suited to the tween audience. And it’s rare that I say that because most of the time it sounds pandering (“this book wasn’t good enough for adult me, but maybe kids will like it because they’re [...]

    18. Susan on said:

      Decent YA book about a topic that is a little different than the current trending YA topics - foster care. The two teen characters, Dessa and Hope, were well-drawn. I thought they provided a realistic picture of what it was like to be both a foster child and a teen living with foster siblings. Real without being too gruesome or graphic. The adults in the book were pretty flat, but they are not really who the book was about. Uncle Henry and Mr. Carter, especially, seemed a little too good to be t [...]

    19. Cheryl on said:

      Enlightening, important, but maybe characters are a bit 'typical' and maybe some events are a bit convenient. But there's lots of stuff here that isn't cliched or predictable, too. And I love that it's not really Juvenile lit, as the girls are teens, but it's not YA, because they're not boy-crazy or caught up in melodramatic rebellions against the world, so it's good for those in-between readers that don't really have many books just right for them.I have to admit that I just didn't quite feel i [...]

    20. christine. on said:

      A pretty fine story about foster care and foster siblings. Peas and Carrots is a really quick read, but it also, I fear, is one that won't stick with me. I never quite connected with Hope or Dess, partially because so many plot threads are picked up and then dropped during the course of the book. And the ending? More of the same. It feels like we leave the story right in the middle, without much resolution. I did love the portrayal of female friendship here, and the entire family was fantastic. [...]

    21. Adrienne Gahl on said:

      I liked this book because it represents a side of the world that is not so great. One of my favorite parts was when Dessa, the main character goes to a party with her foster sister, Hope. The girls ended up having a good time and they become better friends because of it. The lesson I think that should be learned from this story is that things can change for the better or worse, you just have to deal with it the right way.

    22. Catherine Mincy on said:

      I would highly recommend this book for early teen readers. Some parents may find some of the background a little too mature, but it is not overly graphic. I thought it read as authentic and relevant for young teens. It was also an enjoyable read for this 40something as well!

    23. Heidi on said:

      Interesting perspective on foster care and dealing with people out of their comfort zone in regards to race and class

    24. Regina Dawson on said:

      Liked the overall story and uniqueness of it. Seemed incomplete.

    25. theerathorn13 on said:

      Another good book with an abrupt Ending that made me shout "that's it?".

    26. Jamie on said:

      Alternating perspectives, Dess is written in first person and Hope in third--which for me brought immediacy to Dess's experiences and struggles. I wish I could be more like Mama Robin--yoga, kindness, openness, steadiness, openness, acceptance. I loved what she brought to the story, and Davis' author note at the end confirms that: too many stories and real experiences of foster life skew to the worst extremes of humanity, but this book is about the better extreme. This book falls on the side of [...]

    27. Wendy on said:

      It must first be said that in another life I was a social worker in a residential care facility for young women. This is a group home who took the kids that had already passed through their share of foster homes. So, I went into this with an insight (or bias) most readers don't have. The few snippets Davis gives us of Dess' group home life pretty much reflects the experiences of girls who came through the facility where I was employed. With that said, I had quite a few problems with this book. F [...]

    28. Audrey Wilkerson on said:

      Told from alternating points of view, Peas and Carrots is the story of two teen girls, different in just about every way, who have to learn how to get along while in a foster care situation. Odessa "Dess" Matthews has had it rough. Living with a mother who has children she can't take care of, her mom returns time and again to an abusive relationship that is horrible for Dess and her baby brother.Now Dess hasn't seen Baby for at least four years. Living in a group home isn't easy, but she's used [...]

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