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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 0
Themes: Gang violence, honesty
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2006
Lexile Level: HL560L
Fry Reading Level: 2.2
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When Shawn and Daniel witness a gang beating behind the local mall they flee the scene, terrified that they've been seen. They recognize one of the attackers as a locally infamous gang member. When they learn that the kid who was attacked is in critical condition, Shawn wants to go to the police, but Daniel convinces him that they are in more danger if they speak up. The threats they receive from other members of the gang reinforce the boys' fears. When the gang attacks Daniel, Shawn has to put his own safety at risk to help his friend.

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