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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: 50 Cent Narrator: Dwayne Clark Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781101539576
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klajdi | 2/17/2014

    " I love 50 Cent and his music. I will admit, I did not expect much from this book, as I thought "How does a rap artist go from writing songs to writing a book?" but 50 Cent pulled it off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting. Wraps up a little too neatly, but I don't disagree with the message that bullies can be redeemed. Good for 50 Cent for using his celebrity in this way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. B | 2/9/2014

    " An engaging, quick read! Especially good for readers looking for stories about bullying or characters who like to make movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/29/2014

    " It's unfortunate the main character has such a foul mouth; still, Butterball's voice, actions and frustrations make him a believable character. Bullying is a hot topic in schools & 50 cent brings "street cred" to students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/25/2014

    " I'm embarrassed by how quickly I got hooked on this book. Playground is the story of a troubled outcast who, through an act of violence, goes from being a school-nobody to the school bully. Told from a first-person perspective, this story uses Butterball's sessions with his therapist as the starting point for his tangential descriptions of his life. While he faces the challenges that many middle school students tackle--feeling left out, poor self-image, peer pressure and popularity struggles--his is somewhat unique as it centers on his life in a suburb of New York City. His mother has moved him away from the more commonly discussed pressures of urban life for young, African-American men (although his encounters with his rascal dad who still scrapes by in the inner-city still touch on some of these distinct challenges). I think this book in many ways touched on some new issues that aren't as widely discussed. For example, how does a child who grew up in the inner-city respond to a life in the suburbs? How does a family find balance between it's traditional family history and surging forward with a new path? And how do parents seek out a better future without compromising family life? While the path of this book is somewhat straightforward (although one twist regarding Butterball's mother caught me slightly off-guard and was, I thought, an interesting way to discuss identity in our contemporary world. I will have a copy of this book in my middle school classroom. While I imagine it was not 50 Cent, but a ghostwriter who crafted the actual story, the draw of a rapper author and a new urban story is one that I think would appeal to my own urban scholars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 1/16/2014

    " Fast-paced, realistic story about a bully seeking to reform himself. Fans of Alan Sitomer's High Hop High books will probably like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/16/2014

    " Well played 50 Cent. I was expecting a train wreck and got a pretty good story. Tied up a little too neatly at the end, but still. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Boren | 1/2/2014

    " Good urban literature. Strong message for those who are struggling with fitting in or bullying. Recommended for young African Americans, especially males. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Louise | 12/15/2013

    " This book was better than I expected. The read was quick and the characters were compelling, but the story stayed surface-level for a good portion of the time. I wouldn't say this book was bad, just nothing to get super excited about. I have some students at school who would likely love this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Rawlinson | 11/27/2013

    " This was okay, it seemed to me like a lot was missing and it kind of ended abruptly. You could tell this was not written by a professional but it doesn't take away from the story at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Mihevc | 11/23/2013

    " I thought it was a good book because it was interesting to read about 50 Cent's life as a kid and what he did that made him a bully. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tarah | 4/17/2013

    " Look, this book isn't "good," per say, but it's good for the audience I bought it for: my 14-year-old nephew who is always trying to "look tough". Not the best narrative on this subject, but I think because the author is 50 Cent, it's more likely to be heard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 10/5/2012

    " this is an important YA book about bullying and I will definitely recommend it to teens and teachers. it's well-written, too, and I love the art interspersed with the short chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 3/12/2012

    " a touching story that i will not forget "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/30/2011

    " This is a wonderfully written story on the making of a bully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 11/12/2011

    " WOW. This book was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!!!!!! Probably one of my favorite books of the year. The message in this book was so great for our society. I reccomend this book to EVERYONE!! "

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