The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

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Annotation: Three young men from a New Jersey ghetto make a pact with each other that keeps them striving for success until each becomes a medical doctor.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #228252
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2003
Pages: 263 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-573-22989-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-01293-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-573-22989-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01293-6
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2001059647
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Three young black men in the medical professions (a dentist, an emergency-room physician, and an internist) recall an informal pact they made as youths that guided them out of their inner-city Newark neighborhoods and into successful careers. The three take turns describing their particular family situations, which encompass poverty, unstable family lives, drug-addicted parents, gang influence, and minor skirmishes with the law. When they met in high school, they recognized each other as kindred spirits who wanted to overcome the odds but were vulnerable to the negative influence of friends and family. They developed a friendly competition that blossomed into a pact to attend the same university--Seton Hall--and to support each other through the demanding predental/premedical program. In their own voices, these three young men tell a compelling story that will inspire other young people to form and value supportive, long-term friendships.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This is the collective memoir of three 29-year-old African-American men from broken impoverished homes around Newark, NJ. Davis is an emergency-room physician, Hunt is an internist, and Jenkins is a dentist; each one takes a turn narrating a chapter. As teens, they made a pact to stick together through college and medical school, to help one another reach their goals. The advice they give is to work hard toward your objectives, avoid hanging out with those who will have a detrimental influence on you, and surround yourself with friends who have similar dreams and ambitions. The authors are frank about their mistakes, temporary failures, disappointments, and shortcomings. They started mentoring programs such as Ujima while they were still college freshmen, and today they run the Three Doctors Foundation. Many teens will be captivated by the men's accounts of their childhoods, their families, the street life that threatened to swallow them up, and how they helped one another succeed.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Word Count: 64,960
Reading Level: 6.8
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.8 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 69638 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.3 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q33314
Lexile: 940L
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Excerpted from The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis, Lisa Frazier Page, Rameck Hunt, George Jenkins
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A remarkable story about the power of friendship.

Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors.

This is a story about joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most... together.

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