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Bronxwood

Bronxwood

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by Coe Booth
     
 

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The anticipated return to Tyrell's story, now in paperback!

Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that. It's bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help whatsoever. Now there's another thing up in his face, just when he's trying to settle down. Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and

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The anticipated return to Tyrell's story, now in paperback!

Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that. It's bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help whatsoever. Now there's another thing up in his face, just when he's trying to settle down. Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and doesn't seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Tyrell can see the crash that's coming -- with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he's seeing -- but he's not sure he can stop it. Or if he even wants to.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
In this sequel to Booth's first book about life in the Bronx (Tyrell, 2007 Scholastic), Tyrell is anticipating the release of his "Pops" from prison and the changes this will bring to his present lifestyle—checking on his kid brother in foster care, living with two brothers who deal drugs, and DJing at parties on the East Coast, courtesy of Pops's friend who travels between the City and Atlanta but never actually reveals what he does. And then, his Pops does not even contact him the day he gets out. Was he discharged or not? What kind of game is he playing? While he is waiting for the ax to drop, Tyrell is dealing with his three different girl relationships—ex-, friend, and hottie. Tyrell's coming-of-age story is graphic, involving his fantasies about women, his father's push to control him, his concerns about his drug dealer best friend who gets severely beaten by people on the street, his dad's and the amateur drug lord's attempt to control him, and his desire to continue being the real dad of the family. Finally, he rats on his mom; his Pops beats her up, and the "happy home" they are ready to show social services clearly does not exist. Tyrell, who was almost ready to accept Pops's authority instead takes on his best friend Jasmine and offers her a life away from her older protector/predator. This book does contain some hope Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
VOYA - Liz Sundermann
In the author's first book, Tyrell (Push, 2007/VOYA April 2007), the titular character struggles to hold his family together while his father is incarcerated. In this sequel, his father's release only makes Tyrell's life more complicated. Tyrell has rented a small apartment for his mother while living with some friends in the projects. He has carefully stayed out of their family drug-selling business and made some money DJ-ing with his dad's equipment. His little brother, Troy, is still in foster care, but Tyrell has visited him often. With dad back in the picture, Tyrell has a hard time figuring out his role in the family. Who is responsible for protecting his mother? How can he continue to earn money without selling drugs if his father keeps all the DJ equipment locked away? Can he move back in with his parents without giving up his manhood? And most importantly, how can he protect Troy from being destroyed by their parents' selfishness and unreliability? This book is primarily about father—son relationships. Tyrell's relationship with his dad is at the forefront, but the theme is explored throughout; older brothers acting as father figures, family friends stepping in when a biological father is absent, and teen fatherhood are all examined. Booth paints a vivid picture of urban African American life without relying on stereotypes or cliches. This book is recommended for teens who like urban fiction or who may be interested in taking a closer look at what it means to be a father or a son. Reviewer: Liz Sundermann
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In Tyrell (Scholastic, 2006), the teen dumped the girl who lied to him and left his mother to her own devices. He set up a new life in Bronxwood, crashing with two friends who are heavily involved in drug dealing. Now his father's out of prison and wants to reunite the family, but Tyrell finds the rules and posturing too much to handle and stays out on his own. He quickly realizes that without his own DJ equipment, he can't make the money he needs to support himself and take care of his girlfriend, Jasmine. When the decision comes down to what's best for his little brother, Troy, and what's best for Tyrell, the tough choice will change his life. Returning to the inner-city setting that is as much a character as any of the individuals, Booth builds up the conflict brought on by Tyrell's temptations—the drug dealers are more violent and persuasive, the girls are more enticing, and the family dynamics are more charged. Action scenes combine with interpersonal exchanges to keep the pace moving forward at a lightning speed, but Booth never sacrifices the street-infused dialogue and emotional authenticity that characterize her works. She has created a compelling tale of a teen still trying to make the right choices despite the painful consequences.—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Booth returns to the gritty and dangerous Bronx projects to pick up the memorable story of Tyrell seven months after the conclusion ofTyrell(2006).

With his father out of jail, the now 16-year-old Tyrell has mixed feelings about having him back. "Two men in one house don't work." Tyrell tried keeping his family together while his pops was locked up, but he failed: Troy, his younger brother, is living in foster care. "...I know I fucked up," he confides to readers. Booth packs a lot into this story: Tyrell's guilt about Troy, his resentment toward his irresponsible father, his blossoming romantic relationship with friend Jasmine who is living with a 40-year-old man and his anger over his mother's infidelity. The author captures the dangers of inner-city life as readers follow a teen trying desperately to be a man as he watches his friends and, especially, his father, make right or wrong choices. Despite the multitude of negative influences, Tyrell, who is no saint, attempts to make a better life for himself. Tyrell's fresh voice and his frank talk about sex, drug use and violence give authenticity to the dismal urban setting.

This book can stand alone, but the cliffhanger ending begs another installment; readers who have been with Tyrell from the beginning as well as those meeting him for the first time will be utterly invested in his future.(Fiction. 14 & up)

From the Publisher

Praise for Tyrell:

A 2007 LA Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Fiction

An ALA Best Books for Young Adults

“[A] gritty and gripping first novel.” – The New York Times Book Review

* “Heartbreakingly realistic….Unlike many books reflecting the contemporary street scene, this one is more than just a pat situation with a glib resolution; it's filled with surprising twists and turns that continue to the end.” – Booklist, starred review

“[T]he definitive tale of the modern African American urban youth.” – VOYA

Praise for Kendra:

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age”

* “From Bronx blocks to Harlem hangouts, Booth delivers dynamic characters and an engaging story.” – School Library Journal, starred review

“A frank, honest, never-idealized look at mother-daughter relationships, sexuality, and friendship.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

* “The happy (and daring) ending feels truly earned.” – Horn Book, starred review

Praise for Bronxwood:

"Readers who have been with Tyrell from the beginning as well as those meeting him for the first time will be utterly invested in his future." - Kirkus Reviews

"Hope rings true through Tyrell’s sense of survival and responsibility as he cares for his brother, his friends, and his girl." - Booklist

"Action scenes combine with interpersonal exchanges to keep the pace moving forward at a lightning speed, but Booth never sacrifices the street-infused dialogue and emotional authenticity that characterize her works. She has created a compelling tale of a teen still trying to make the right choices despite the painful consequences." - School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439925341
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
771,199
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Coe Booth is a graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Tyrell and Kendra, and was born and still lives in the Bronx.

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