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ISBN: 9781595144348
Author: 50 Cent/ Moser, Laura (CON)/ Akana, Lizzi (ILT)
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: November 2011
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: A debut young adult novel by the internationally successful hip-hop star and author of the best-selling The 50th Law follows the redemption story of 13-year-old misfit Butterball, who, after beating up a classmate, resists therapy sessions about the sources of his bullying.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Growing Up, High School, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
[=With]Thirteen-year-old bully Butterball is on a path toward full-fledged juvenile delinquency. An understanding therapist helps him change his behavior while coming to terms with his parental issues (including the discovery that his mom is a lesbian). The character, loosely based on the author/gangster rapper's own life, is ultimately surprisingly sympathetic, and the text, despite its issues-book themes, is generally nondidactic.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 October #1)

Rapper turned actor and author 50 Cent makes his YA debut with a candid tale about a middle-schooler dealing with pressures from his peers and his broken family. Overweight and nearly friendless, "Butterball" has just been suspended from school for assaulting a classmate with a sock filled with batteries. As he returns to school, visits his father in New York City, and talks to his therapist, Liz, his frustrations come to light. His always-working mother has too little time for him, while his father spends most of their occasional weekends together encouraging his violence (even forcing him to shoplift) and making fun of his weight. Although Butterball benefits from some positive influences, including Liz and his friend Nia, it's his desire to better himself (and his interest in filmmaking) that help him overcome his circumstances and his reputation. 50 Cent's story follows a predictable arc, but he throws in some twists and doesn't hold back when portraying violence or Butterball's difficult home life. Butterball's unrepentant, unpretentious, and authentic narrative voice, meanwhile, is more than enough to carry the story. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

Gr 7 Up—After clobbering his former best friend with a sock full of batteries, "Butterball" thinks he'll finally get the respect he deserves from his middle-school classmates. But this is just a front for the overweight eighth grader who in therapy sessions slowly reveals his true struggles as a child of divorce recently transplanted from the city to the suburbs, trying to fit in at school and make sense of his overworked mother's new relationship. He eats lunch alone in a bathroom stall at school and has little support from mom, her ever-present female "friend," and a verbally abusive father, who wrongfully teaches him that violence will gain respect. This first YA novel from rapper 50 Cent clearly portrays the life of a maligned middle-schooler vulnerable to the negative messages he receives from peers and his father that inevitably lead to some bad choices. The occasionally raw language is perfectly in keeping with the character. The narrative follows a predictable plot, but offers an observant and aware character often brimming with deep insight, who luckily has an outlet in amateur filmmaking and movies.—Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA

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