Fifteen-year-old Theo isn t looking for trouble, but when he and his friends witness a brutal attack on Ricky-Ricky, an innocent boy who doesn t know better than to walk right up to the most vicious gang leader around, he s in trouble for real. Read more...
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Fifteen-year-old Theo isn t looking for trouble, but when he and his friends witness a brutal attack on Ricky-Ricky, an innocent boy who doesn t know better than to walk right up to the most vicious gang leader around, he s in trouble for real. And in this neighborhood, everything is at stake. In a poignant, unflinching novel of survival told largely in street dialect, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo enters the lives of teenagers coming of age in the face of spiraling violence among gangs, by police, and at home."
- ISBN-13: 9780763679378
- ISBN-10: 0763679372
- Publisher: Candlewick Pr
- Publish Date: September 2018
- Page Count: 382
- Reading Level: Ages 15-UP
- Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.75 x 8.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.16 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Rival gangs. Drugs. Murder. These are what define the neighborhood of West Split where T, Jimmy, Catch, and Yo-Yo live. When T witnesses his older brother brutally murder a mentally impaired young man, he can’t resist trying to help. Badly beaten up for his trouble, T is suddenly in the spotlight, along with his friends: there’s media and police attention, people mobilizing for change, and gang intimidation. T’s widowed mother wants to save him by sending him away, but at 15 he’s determined to see things through—no matter the cost—because this is his home. Minimalist verse, permeated with slang, fits the rough-edged characters and environment Charlton-Trujillo (Fat Angie) so eloquently depicts (“Jive brothers rolled in hard./ They walked intent.... I didn’t want nuthin’ to do with their truth./ Sometimes it don’t matter what you want or intend./ It’s gonna go how it go”); the immediacy of the dialogue and T’s fears heighten a volatile situation that is all too real and relevant. Charlton-Trujillo gives voice to the unheard in this heartbreaking and powerful modern American story of friendship, family, loss, injustice, and courage. Ages 14–up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. (Aug.)