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Playground [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

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3. November 2011
'I wonder what she would've said if I'd told her all the parts the report left out, like how I'd woken up that morning and pulled that sock out of my draw and filled it, one after the other, with the D batteries I'd bought the last time I visited my dad in the city. But there was no way. There was just no way I'd ever tell anyone what really went down that day...' Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn't have that much going for him. He's teased about his weight. He hates the suburb his mum 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 in 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.

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Quercus Publishing Childrens (3. November 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1780873301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780873305
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,7 x 13,2 x 20,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 127.753 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'A fascinating insight into the mind of a vulnerable teenager. Compelling; a one-sitting read' Alex Scarrow. 'I loved Playground. I think it will appeal to a very broad range of kids, girls and boys, rich and poor, black and white, but crucially including many who don't feel that they are represented in most books' Keren David. 'rapper Fiddy has written some YA fiction! And what's more, it's a funny, smart and engaging read, perfect for older teens' Bliss. 'cracking read' Daily Mirror. 'incredibly readable' Chicklish. 'a raucous read' Flipside. 'I'd recommend to anyone who likes rap and a gritty storyline' Teen Titles. 'Beautifully written and paced' Books for Keeps.

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Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and has received numerous awards including 11 Grammy nominations. He was ranked number one rap artist of 2000-2009 by Billboard magazine. In addition to his music and business ventures, he established the G-Unity Foundation to support the academic enrichment of students in low-income or underserved communities.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Schullektüre 3. August 2013
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Gezwungenermaßen musste ich es mir für die Schule zulegen, da wir es im Deutschunterricht durchnehmen wollten.
Wir hatten das Buch in kurzer Zeit durch, da wir nicht mehr viel Zeit hatten bis zu den nächsten Ferien. Da sich das Buch einfach lesen lässt war dies kein Problem.
Von der Handlung in der Geschichte war ich zunächst ganz angetan, bei weiteren Interpretationen jedoch fiel mir die Nähe zum Autor etwas. Es hätte von jedem sein können, muss nicht unbedingt eine Geschichte von 50 Cent sein.
Jedoch ist das Buch angenehm zu lesen und empfehlenswert auch für jüngere Leser/innen!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ganz nett 18. Februar 2013
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Ist schnell gelesen, ganz nett. Traut man 50 Cent gar nicht zu, dass er so einfuehlsam schreibt. Man bekommt einen kleinen Einblick in seine Biographie.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Butterball 26. März 2013
Von Bjoern
Ich liebe Butterball, wie er sich durchkämpft und nie sein Ziel aus den Augen verlieht. Sehr schön geschrieben. Einfach einlesen und versinken.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Playground Audiobook review 7. November 2011
Von Lucy (Reading Date) - Veröffentlicht auf
Playground is Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's debut young adult novel about teen bullying. He explores this topical issue by sharing some of his own experiences in this fictionalized story. He hopes to reach out to kids to show how bullies are created and that there is hope to overcome it. As a parent, I'm very interested in this topic and was curious to read a story written from the bully's perspective as a fresh change of pace.

Butterball is a sympathetic character that I think many teens will relate to. After his parent's split he has to start again in a new neighborhood and school where he is the outsider. The only time he does get respect and positive attention from his peers is when he attacks a fellow student. Even his father seems to like the new bullying ways of his son. The dialogue is realistic and edgy with an uncondescending tone that gets the message across. The language is explicit at times but appropriate to the story and since it is not toned down it is more relatable to the intended audience.

There are many issues presented in the book that go hand in hand with the bullying behavior such as divorce, consumerism, diet and more. I thought these issues were handled with sensitivity and not in a preachy way. It's interesting to see the circumstances that lead to Butterball's acting out and it made me more sympathetic to those who exhibit the same behavior. The therapy session storytelling device works well and gives a healing quality to the story.

Dwayne Clark effectively handles the narration and kept the audiobook entertaining throughout. The reading is very lively and the character voices are distinct and believable. At only four hours long, the audiobook is the perfect length for the story and the time flies by.

With bullying now such an epidemic, I appreciate what 50 Cent set out to do with this story. With understanding and respect for the target audience, the thoughtful story has a hopeful tone that may inspire others like Butterball. Recommended for middle schooler's, parents and educators looking for insight into the mind of a bully.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Surprisingly good! 3. Dezember 2011
Von Evie Seo - Veröffentlicht auf
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When I first heard that 50 Cent wrote a book I was utterly baffled. I mean, seriously? 50 Cent? Writing Young Adult books? It was like trying to imagine Snoop Dog singing in opera, the idea was ridiculous. I'm not a fan of 50 Cent, I don't think I ever listened to any of his songs.. I admit, I don't know much about him as a person, either. It's just that.. he never really struck me as the writing type (if you know what I mean). I just couldn't wrap my mind around it. But at the same time, I was insanely curious about this book! Who wouldn't be? The best part? I really enjoyed reading it! Believable, funny, insightful - Playground made a very positive impression on me. Color me surprised!

13-year-old Butterball doesn't have an easy life. After his parents divorced and his mom moved them away from Bronx to Garden City, Butterball finds himself struggling to adapt to the new environment. Back in Bronx he was someone, he had a group of friends and he was respected by others. Here, he's just the fat, black kid. He lives with his mother, but she's too busy working to spend quality time with him. His father doesn't care much about him, either. He's way too busy pursuing meaningless, purely physical "relationships" to ever pay attention to his son. Butterball is all on his own. Then one day he gets in trouble for assaulting a kid with a sock full of batteries, a kid that used to be Butterball's only friend there. After that, he's forced to attend weekly sessions with a psychologist. Butterball's initial attitude of "I-don't-want-to-talk-about-it" and "you-would-never-understand" begins to change over time, as the psychologist's patient and non-judgmental approach slowly wins his trust. As the story progresses, we learn more about the main character and the motives behind his actions. After all, there's no smoke without fire, and there's definitely more to Butterball than meets the eye.

Playground is a book about bullying, yes, but not a typical one at all. From my experience, most of the bullying-related books out there are focused solely on the victims and their accounts of the accidents. Playground, however, offers something different - the bully's side of the story. Now you ought to know that I went into reading this book with curiosity but also a healthy dose of skepticism. I was afraid that it will turn out to be a major failure. I was prepared to toss it away after the first 20 pages or so. But it never happened. I loved Butterball's believable and often hilarious voice. It was vibrant, full of life and dripping with all sorts of emotions. He turned out to be a great character to read about. Slang, swear words, short sentences and simple vocabulary - all that helped to depict him. I enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes and, believe it or not, I really felt sorry for him at times. Imagine my surprise, when I hit the back cover without even realizing that I was reading for the whole day - without a single break!

Now I don't know if 50 Cent hired a ghostwriter to do all the hard work, and it really doesn't matter. All I know is this book is damn good! It's deeper than I ever expected. It offers a fresh new take on the issue of bullying, one that I found quite thought-provoking and eye-opening. The writing itself is pretty good, too. The characters are well-drawn. The plot is simple, but well thought-out and fast-paced. It's an easy, quick read, but also quite a meaningful one. Don't let your prejudices stop you from reading it, it's definitely worth picking up!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen OK Book with Great Lessons for Young Adults 17. März 2012
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After finishing The Fault in Our Stars, I really needed to read something different. I had bought this book on a whim, at first scoffing at it, then intrigued by it. I was torn between being impressed by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson writing about his early start as a playground bully and being annoyed by this ghost written story pumped out to make more money. Now that I have read Playground: A Mostly True Story of a Former Bully, I think I am more impressed than annoyed...

Butterball is a big guy. Junior High is rough enough for a kid, let alone a fat kid, so you have to be tough to make it through. When Maurice, Butterball's only real friend at school, starts telling people something truly horrible about Butterball's family, he does the only thing he can. He defends his honor. He bashes Maurice's face in with a sock filled with D batteries. Now Butterball has to go to a social worker twice a week and talk about his feelings- the last thing he wants to do.

Butterball and his mother moved out of the city to Garden City when his parents split up. He still goes to the city occasionally to see his father, but his dad is usually preoccupied by his latest girlfriend. Butterball's mom works constantly between her time at the hospital and college classes to become a nurse. Mostly he spends his time with Evelyn, his mom's friend who makes gross vegetarian stews and rags on Butterball to behave himself. At school he has gotten a lot of attention, some good and some bad, for what he did to Maurice. Now a group of guys wants him to do it again to a guy Butterball has never met. But Butterball doesn't understand- this guy hasn't done anything to him, so why would Butterball bash his face in?

I wouldn't say this was a great story, but it was one that has a good moral and is told form a different perspective than others of its kind. I like the fact that 50 Cent took the time (via a ghost writer) to get his story out there about his own bullying, why he did it, and how it affected him later. As an artist many kids look up to, it is great to put yourself out there and try to be a positive role model to them. I think it was important for him to stress that there was a reason behind Butterball's actions. While the reason doesn't condone the actions, it helps someone understand and address the situation properly.

I would probably keep this book around, even though there are better stories out there, because it would appeal to some kids where other books might not. They may pick it up and read it just because the author is someone they know and look up to. And to be honest, the moral of the story is pretty strong. Overall, not a bad book but definitely one that has a place on my shelves.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pleasantly surprised 28. November 2011
Von Acacia Rettich - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Playground" is a well-written, engaging story. The main character, Butterball, has had a rough year. Like many teens, he is desperately searching for acceptance. He wants nothing more than to be "the big man on campus". However, it seems at every turn an obstacle lies in his path. He is overweight, new to his school, and has anger issues he can't even begin to explain. After jumping an "ex" friend on the playground Butterball's life becomes more and more complex. The reader is left wondering for most of the book why the assault occurred. When we do learn what prompted Butterball's anger "Playground" becomes even more intriguing. This coming of age story has a twist dealing with acceptance that I think few will see coming.

The book is told in the first person with a great amount of detail going into exploring where Butterball is coming from. Teens will be able to easily relate to Butterball's feelings of isolation and peer pressure. I can honestly say I was more than pleasantly surprised by 50 Cent's writing ability. I did not expect this book to be nearly as good as it was.

Also, from the standpoint of a middle school English teacher I was slightly concerned about the content being inappropriate for my classroom library. "Playground" does have some cursing, but never uses the "F" bomb. It never delves into sex and the violence is limited. I feel comfortable recommending this book to my students and putting on my classroom shelf.

I highly recommend "Playground".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An easy read for any age!!!! 13. November 2011
Von J. HILL - Veröffentlicht auf
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50 cent.s' book has a message in it for many single, hard working parents. The message for our youth is also clear and easily understood about relationships and the family dynamics of today's inner city youth.
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