|Author: Walter Dean Myers|
|Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers (Brown Angels; The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner) tells the story of 12-year-old Jamal, whose life changes drastically when he acquires a gun. Though he survives the experience, it's not without sacrificing his innocence and possibly his friendship with his best friend.|
From the Publisher:
Lately everybody's messing with Jamal. His teachers, the kids at school, even his dad. And now that Jamal's brother Randy's in the slam, Crazy Mack has a crazy idea. He wants Jamal to take control of the Scorpions and run crack.
All the gang jive--Jamal has no use for it. Unless, like some say, it's the only way to cop the bread for Randy's appeal...
The story of twelve-year-old Jamal, whose life changes drastically when he acquires a gun. Though he survives the experience, it's not without sacrificing his innocence and possibly his relationship with his best friend.
"A dishearteningly effective tale of poverty and inverted values." "Myers writes with candor and an eye for the strange world in which dreams and despair somehow coexist...A realistic, spare, and almost unbearably sad story."