|Publish Date:||Sep 2010|
|Number of Pages:||589|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.56|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.22 x 1.0 x 6.93|
Sister Souljah was born in 1964 in New York City. A graduate of Rutgers University, she attended Cornell University's advanced placement summer program and Spain's University of Salamanca study-abroad program. Sister Souljah is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. In the mid-1980's, she founded, in cooperation with the United Church of Christ, the African Youth Survival Camp, located in Enfield, North Carolina for children of homeless families. In 1992, her rap album, 360 Degrees Power, and video, Slavery's Back in Effect, catapulted her to national attention. Her first book, No Disrespect, was published in 1994.
Having made an appearance in Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever, Midnight gets his own story, which takes him from his wealthy African Islamic family to the streets of Brooklyn. With a five-city tour.
Verdict: Just as Sister Souljah set the bar for quality urban fiction almost a decade ago with her groundbreaking classic, The Coldest Winter Ever, her new installment to the Winter Santiaga story raises the bar for the genre again. Tenderly yet honestly written and illustrated with striking photographs depicting the main characters, this multimodal book deserves to be studied for its cultural importance in high school English classes throughout America and promises to be edifying readers for years to come. Essential; buy multiple copies to be shelved as YA and/or adult fiction.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/08.] - Background: In this prequel to TCWE, readers get the full backstory of Midnight, the elusive yet intensely loyal right-hand man to Ricky Santiaga, Winter's drug kingpin father. With connections to upper-class Africa and inner-city America, Midnight knows what it means to be an outsider. Growing up in Sudan, Midnight is raised as a skilled warrior by his father, a high-ranking political figure.
When war breaks out, Midnight's family flees to America, but his father stays behind. Now the man of the family at the tender age of 13 and living a private, Sudanese lifestyle in the projects of Brooklyn, Midnight works to get out of the hood, educates himself, trains in martial arts, and fearlessly guards his pregnant mother and young sister. He eventually falls in love with a beautiful artist, whose culture is interwoven with his own. Midnight's adolescent years are an authentic testament to the rigors of reconciling an immigrant identity with an American experience.-Vanessa J. Irvin Morris, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia
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Sister Souljah, the New York Times bestselling author of The Coldest Winter Ever and Midnight, delivers her most compelling and enlightening story yet. With Midnight and The Meaning of Love, Souljah brings to her millions of fans an adventure about young, deep love, the ways in which people across the world express their love, and the lengths that they will go to have it.
Powerful and sensual, Midnight is an intelligent, fierce fighter and Ninjutsu-trained ninja warrior.
He attracts attention wherever he goes but remains unmoved by it and focuses on protecting his mother and sister and regaining his family’s fortunes. When Midnight, a devout Muslim, takes sixteen-year-old Akemi from Japan as his wife, they look forward to building a life together, but their tumultuous teenage marriage is interrupted when Akemi is kidnapped and taken back to Japan by her own father, even though the marriage was consummated and well underway.
“There’s not one drop of inferiority in my blood,” Midnight says as he first secures his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja, before setting off on a global journey to reclaim his wife. Midnight must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent. Along this magnificent journey he meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. He encounters temptations he never would have imagined and takes risks that many a lesser man would say no to, all for the women he loves and is sworn to protect.
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