Author: Kalisha Buckhanon
MLA Citation: Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005. Print.
Awards/Honors: ALA ALEX Award (2006)
Annotation: Antonio is doing time for murdering his father. While in prison, he and his girlfriend, Natasha, exchange letters.
Booktalk: When Antonio goes to jail and is charged with murdering his father, Natasha swears she will wait for him. When the trial starts to head south, Antonio’s lawyer suggests entering a plea, which saves Antonio from possibly life in prison, but now there is no chance for appeal, no chance of getting out back to his life in Harlem, his life with Natasha. Time on the outside doesn’t stand still, though. Will Natasha still be there when Antonio has finished his time Upstate?
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