A hard-hitting and inspirational novel about the redemption of a bully from international icon 50 Cent
Thirteen-year-old Butterball takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today. Loosely inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence and written with his teenage son in mind, Playground received wide critical praise–and is now poised to become a perennial classic.
Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn’t have much going for him. He’s teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he’s stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.
Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground – a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.
This devastating yet ultimately redemptive story is told in voice-driven prose and accented with drawings and photographs, making it a natural successor to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Loosely inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence, and written with his fourteen-year-old son in mind, Playground is sure to captivate wide attention – and spark intense discussion.
Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn’t have much going for him. He’s teased about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to so she could go to nursing school and start her life over. He wishes he still lived with his dad in New York City – where there’s always something happening, even if his dad doesn’t have much time for him.
Still, that’s not why he beat up Maurice on the playground.
Now his school is forcing him to talk to some out-of-touch lady therapist, as though she could ever fix him – as though she could ever figure out the truth. No, Butterball’s lips are sealed about what happened that day. But some tales can’t help being told. And this is one of them.
Inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence, Playground is a hard-hitting and inspirational story of the redemption of a bully.
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