We Beat the Street by The Three Doctors

Genre:  Nonfiction

Age Level:  12 and up

# of Pages:  183

RAC Book: Yes

Awards:  Iowa Teen Award Winner 2009-2010

This true story follows three young men as they grow up in tough neighborhoods and through sheer luck manage to escape big trouble with the law.  They find themselves at an informational meeting about a program that helps inner city kids become doctors.  The three make a pact to see it through to the end.  There are many times when one or another wants to quit and the other two have to remind him of why he wants to be a doctor.   The story tells of some of the trouble these boys got into as young kids and why it is so difficult to even go to college from where they come from.

This story does try to tell the story as accurately as possible.  The neighborhood friends and scrapes with the law are all mentioned in vivid detail, but in each instance they somehow manage to escape unscathed.  There are many young men out there who are not so lucky.  The pact was a good way to keep each other motivated and it is unlikely that all three would have succeeded without the other two.  Readers who liked Hole in My Life will like this one, but the writing is not as sophisticated as that one and often details are glossed over in order to move the story along faster.  An interesting story for those who like nonfiction.

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16 Responses to “We Beat the Street by The Three Doctors”


  1. 1 donna October 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    this book id very nice!
    i havent even finished readin it nut i like it alot

  2. 2 jazzx November 30, 2009 at 2:03 am

    OMG! THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! I THINK THAT EVRY ONE OF U WHO IS READIN THIS NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK!
    P.S- UNLASS U ALREADY DID!

  3. 6 diana April 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    wooooowwwww…. this book waz soo great…. when i finished readin it i didnt wnt it 2 finish.. but on a personal advice u should read it its great…

  4. 7 deanna July 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Its a wonderful book.

  5. 8 nicey November 23, 2010 at 2:06 am

    i really like this book it tells us that no matter where your from you can make it life. anything u want to be u can be it just believe

  6. 9 Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    this my fav book ever..!*

  7. 11 Ramad B. May 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    The best book i ever read!! Im reading for the third time!! Best book, i recommend to everyone who needs inspiration!!!

  8. 12 pepper August 25, 2011 at 3:08 am

    book sucked.

  9. 13 Beachwood Bison October 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    This book was one of the most amazing books I have ever read I am reading it for school and for a summer project that was read by the majority of people. In class we are reading this and next to (Compound) and (Gardener) both by S.A. Bodeen i love it 3rd most

  10. 14 nonya October 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    awesome book luv it

  11. 15 Josh Smith September 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I really enjoyed this book and found it to be very inspirational.

    P.S. Most of the people that wrote a review for this book really need to learn how to spell and use correct grammar.

  12. 16 Kaelyn October 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This is a good book. it shows kids now that are struggling that the can succeed even when times look bad. i suggest you guys need to read this book (:


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