D Foster - She arrives on Neeka and the narrator's block one day, dressed oddly, and develops a quick friendship, initially over Double Dutch jump roping.
Neeka - She is the best friend of the narrator and someone who has lived with the narrator on the same street since they were both babies.
The Narrator - She is never referred to by name. Like Neeka and D, she is eleven-years-old at the outset of the novel, and thirteen by the time the novel ends.
Tupac Shakur - He was a real-life rap artist who was famously gunned down in 1996.
Jayjones - He is Neeka's older brother. He is a star high school basketball player.
Tash - He is Neeka's oldest brother. Referred to as a Queen, he is an effeminate gay man.
Miss Irene - She is Neeka's overbearing mother and the unquestioned head of the family...
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