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by Norah McClintock

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prejudice & racism, city & town life, violence
list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: 2007
ISBN:9781551437668
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 100
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Awards
  • Short-listed, YALSA Quick Picks
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Long-listed, YALSA Quick Picks
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
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Description

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.

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Excerpt

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.

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Editorial Reviews

"The racial overtones and complex layers of life on the edge of teen and adulthood make this a particularly gripping book."

— Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books

"Powerful and insightful."

— TeensReadToo.com

"Recommended for all public and high school libraries."

— CM Magazine

"A lot happens in this very short novel, but McClintock keeps her writing spare and the story fast-paced."

— Resource Links
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About the Author

Norah McClintock

Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.
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