"We Beat The Streets" by DRS. Davis, Jenkins and Hunt with Sharon M. Draper is an inspirational true story about growing up on the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey. Young readers will be intrigued and inspired by these young men who struggled against peer pressure, poverty, drugs, violence and racism to become doctors. The young men in this book live in neighborhoods where finishing high school is often a near miracle, being smart is frowned upon and college a non starter. This is also a testament to the power of inspirational teachers, mentors and adults in the lives of young people. These three men struggle against insurmountable odds, not unlike so many of our students. However, the three young men make a pact to support one another climbing this mountain and will not allow one another to give up the dream. This book is a relatively easy read and can be used in grades 6 and up. (Planting the success seeds early is always good). The book reinforces the necessity for teachers to mentor youngsters to dream, plan, set goals, and draw diagrams of how to reach those goals. It is also important to review how these young men kept their grades up in high school, studied, and then accessed scholarship money. This is a very memorable and inspirational read for ALL ages. (Feedback about this item is greatly appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES, and newly posted products). THANK YOU!