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Bang! (Paperback)

Author:  Sharon Flake
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 078684955X
ISBN-13: 9780786849550
Sku: 203516274
Publish Date: 8/1/2007
Pages:  298
Age Range:  22 to UP
 
A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to find his identity as a young man. *Author: Flake, Sharon *Publication Date: 2007/08/01 *Number of Pages: 298 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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Bang! Guns really sound like that, you know. |Bang! And people bleed from everywhere, and blood is redder than you think. |And little kids look funny in caskets. That's 'cause they ain't meant to be in one, I guess.||Mann is only thirteen, yet he has already had to deal with more than most go through in a lifetime. His family is still reeling from the tragic shooting death of his little brother, Jason, each person coping with grief in his or her own way. Mann's mother has stopped eating and is obsessed with preserving Jason's memory, while his father is certain that presenting a hard edge is the only way to keep his remaining son from becoming a statistic. Mann used to paint and ride horseback, but now he's doing everything he can to escape his emotions: getting involved in fights at school, joyriding at midnight, and much worse. His father, at his wit's end, does the only thing he thinks will teach his son how to be a man: he abandons him and his friend Kee-Lee in the woods, leaving them to navigate their way home, alone. || Now Mann, struggling to find his way back to civilization, must also reconcile himself to the realities of a world that has stolen his little brother, and that isn't even sure it still wants Mann in it. One wrong turn and it could all be over for him, too. Bang.
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The focus of this painful, moving young adult novel is the agony of losing people to senseless violence, and the destruction that can follow. Part of an African American family torn apart by sorrow, 13-year-old Mann stills grieves over the terrible gunning down of his little brother, Jason, two years earlier. Though he's an artistic, sensitive boy with a strong attachment to horses, Mann and his best friend, Kee-lee, descend into the worst their poor neighborhood has to offer. In desperation, Mann's taciturn father creates his own take on an African rite of adulthood, and deposits the two boys in woods hours away, forcing them to make their way home. However, this backfires, and could be the complete un-doing of Mann altogether.

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"Gripping and troubling, Flake paints a provocative picture of teens struggling to deal with a world that is out of control and without adults capable of providing help. Powerful--and disturbing." 07/15/2005
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0298
Product attributePublisher:   Jump at the Sun
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