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A Shadow Like a Leopard
     

A Shadow Like a Leopard

by Myron Levoy
 

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Ramon Santiago, a fourteen-year-old street kid and poet, records his thoughts in a notebook. He is skilled with words and skilled with his knife, when needed. Alone, he wants to join a street gang to be macho, but to prove himself, he must rob an elderly artist down on his luck, Arnold Glasser. Glasser, as desperate as Ramon, is unafraid of Ramon’s knife. From

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Ramon Santiago, a fourteen-year-old street kid and poet, records his thoughts in a notebook. He is skilled with words and skilled with his knife, when needed. Alone, he wants to join a street gang to be macho, but to prove himself, he must rob an elderly artist down on his luck, Arnold Glasser. Glasser, as desperate as Ramon, is unafraid of Ramon’s knife. From their mutual pain, an unorthodox friendship grows between them. But the gang is just a step behind Ramon, demanding loyalty above all else.

Reviews and Awards:

“Tough, candid and perceptive, an unusual story, unusually well told.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Grit, suspense, warmth, and wry humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Levoy offers plenty of brisk, varied action…his characters are vibrant and likable…and his careful creation of a stark environment that breeds callousness and violence is shot through with a welcome glimmer… of hope”—Booklist

American Library Association: Best Book for Young Adults

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012205957
Publisher:
A. J. Cornell Publications
Publication date:
03/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
86 KB

Meet the Author

Myron Levoy was born and raised in New York City, where many of his stories take place. His young adult novels frequently depict outsiders—often with humor—searching for identity and connections, with growing insight into their own true selves. Works include “Alan and Naomi,” “A Shadow Like a Leopard,” “Three Friends,” “Pictures of Adam,” and “Kelly ’n’ Me.”

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