BookMark: The Coldest Winter Ever, by Sister Souljah (Pocket Books, 2000)

January 30, 2008

Hip-hop star and political activist Sister Souljah made a splash with this story of drugs and violence in the inner city. It's the coming-of-age story of 17-year-old Winter Santiago, daughter of a drug dealer, who must deal with challenges ranging from an absent father to the local drug culture to a teen pregnancy.