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By author: Norah McClintock
Selling Points: Racism, violence
ISBN: 9781551437668
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL650L
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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When James and the rest of them talk about the other guys, their faces get all twisted so that they don't even look like themselves. I wonder if I looked like that when I beat up that guy. I sure was mad enough.

Remy has just been released from juvenile detention and is back in his old neighborhood. He went away because he severely assaulted a guy who insulted his girlfriend—Asia. As a white boy dating an immigrant, Remy has had to take a lot of the inbred racism that exists in the inner-city—from strangers, his family and even the police. When the white kids and the "outsiders" start scrapping over the local basketball court, Remy is caught between sticking up for his friends and siding with Asia, who is now seeing Marcus—the leader of the other group.


Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"The racial overtones and complex layers of life on the edge of teen and adulthood make this a particularly gripping book."
TeensReadToo.com - March 1, 2008
"Powerful and insightful."
Resource Links - January 1, 2008
"A lot happens in this very short novel, but McClintock keeps her writing spare and the story fast-paced."
CM Magazine - January 1, 2008
"Recommended for all public and high school libraries."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  2008
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2007
CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008
YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed  US  2009

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