Brothers in Arms (Bluford High Series #9)

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Welcome to Bluford High. This widely acclaimed teen series set in an urban high school features engaging, accessible writing and appealing, contemporary storylines.

Martin Luna is in deep trouble. Just months ago, a horrible tragedy took his little brother, and now it threatens to take him too. On one side are his desperate mother, a friendly teacher at Bluford High School, and a pretty girl named Vicky. On the other are his old neighborhood and his hunger for revenge. Torn ...

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Overview


Welcome to Bluford High. This widely acclaimed teen series set in an urban high school features engaging, accessible writing and appealing, contemporary storylines.

Martin Luna is in deep trouble. Just months ago, a horrible tragedy took his little brother, and now it threatens to take him too. On one side are his desperate mother, a friendly teacher at Bluford High School, and a pretty girl named Vicky. On the other are his old neighborhood and his hunger for revenge. Torn between the two, Martin stands at a crossroad, with his life hanging in the balance. Which way will he go?

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In the ninth book in the Bluford young-adult series, a young Latino man walks away from violence--but at great personal cost. In a large Southern California city, 16-year-old Martin Luna hangs out on the fringes of gang life. He's disaffected, fatherless and increasingly drawn into the orbit of the older, rougher Frankie. When a stray bullet kills Martin's adored 8-year-old brother, Huero, Martin seems to be heading into a life of crime. But Martin's mother, determined not to lose another son, moves him to another neighborhood--the fictional town of Bluford, where he attends the racially diverse Bluford High. At his new school, the still-grieving Martin quickly makes enemies and gets into trouble. But he also makes friends with a kind English teacher and catches the eye of Vicky, a smart, pretty and outgoing Bluford student. Martin's first-person narration supplies much of the book's power. His dialogue is plain, but realistic and believable, and the authors wisely avoid the temptation to lard his speech with dated and potentially embarrassing slang. The author draws a vivid and affecting picture of Martin's pain and confusion, bringing a tight-lipped teenager to life. In fact, Martin's character is so well drawn that when he realizes the truth about his friend Frankie, readers won't feel as if they are watching an after-school special, but as though they are observing the natural progression of Martin's personal growth. This short novel appears to be aimed at urban teens who don't often see their neighborhoods portrayed in young-adult fiction, but its sophisticated characters and affecting story will likely have much wider appeal. A YA novel that treats its subject and its readers with respect while delivering an engaging story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439904902
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Bluford High Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 110,534
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 4.12 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Breanna

    This ihs a really good book... this ihs one of my favorites

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    The worst book in the series

    I hated this book so much, and i usually love the books. I do NOT recommend this book, but i will recommend Blood is Thicker and Search for Safety!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    This is a good book

    This is a great book because i can relate on it and feel for other people because this stuff can happen to them

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Greatest book in the world

    Very good book strong and sad mintute to minute your heart is racing what is the protagnainst going to do next

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    It's great!

    It's great!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    awesome book

    this book is good for teens who like drama. Brother in arms as tragities that gets martin in a bunch of trouble because he wont to killed the person who killed his brother in the ally.If you lost someone close to you and you tried to find revenge you can relate to how this character is feeling is feeling . The mom try to move to get him away from his friends because she think he is going down the wrong path.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Paul Langan & Ben Alirez have done it again ladies and gentl

    Paul Langan & Ben Alirez have done it again ladies and gentlemen.(mostly gentlemen). Martin Luna is a troubled teenager who soon realizes life is too short to go down the wrong path when his little brother is shot and killed right before him. Martin lives in a Chicano neighborhood and hangs out with his trouble making friends also known as the “The Family”. Martins mother doesn’t want to lose another son so she moves them  to a different school and neighborhood. Martin’s first day of school is a rough one until he meets Vicky (one of the smartest and prettiest girls in school. But he soon realizes that one of “The Family” is guilty for the death of Martin’s little brother Huero. If I had to rate it I would give it 4.5 because to some people the storyline is great, the energy of the book is great, everything is great in my opinion. His  troubles were only the start of a new chapter. Seriously this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Good

    Good book. Recomend to anyone trying to find their way out of trouble and the hood lifestyle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Great

    BEST BOOK EVER U SHOULD READ IT !!!!!! LIKE NO JOKE :):)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Brothets in Arms

    I read this book in 3days it iis wonderful. The you read this book the better it gets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Wonderful read

    The book hits home to what the kids in the city see every day some of them see this kind of life as normal and it gives great in-sight to what will be expected of you and how making good decision Vs bad ones will change your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    I do recommed for everybody to read this book!

    Brother's in Arms is a heart touching story about a boy and his brother, growing up with a hard life that they carry in their memories. Hakeem is a very loving person who tries to take revenge on the boys who killed his little brother. This book is by far the best book I have ever read and I am looking forward to reading all the bluford high series I know the will be very interesting. I love the way the author make's this series unexpected and as a real life story, as soon as you start reading the book get interesting! I absolutely love this book I truly recommend teens to read these series it has affected my life in some ways and I promise you will fall in love with it

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    Right Decision

    Martin was a cool guy to hang around if u actually knew him. His mom did like the friends he hung around because she thought they were gangbangers. Martins
    brother Eric also known as Huero loved hanging wit Marty even when he didnt want hinm to. One day Huero was wanting to see wat Marty was doing. Then everything went wrong. Someone in a white sedan
    came up the alley and shot at Marty and the homies and ended up shooting Huero. Laying their motionless Marty ran and held his brother in his arms as the blood from his head ran down his hand. Marty
    wanted revenge. To keep from losing another son his mom quickly moved across town. He had to attend Bluford High School where he met a beautiful girl name Vicky. When the homies found out who killed
    Huero Marty was faced with a decision. Kill the person who took his brothers life or continue to live the good life. He payed for not shooting the guy but it was the right decision

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    R.I.P HUERO

    Marton is a cool kid.he never gave any one any trouble.He had friends, chago and frankie, that he always hung out with. Martons little brother huero all ways wonted to hang wit his brother. Then one day tragedy struck. Huero followed him one day . Then a white car rassed up the allie . Huero on his bike peddling as fast as he could.By time huero got to marrtin the white van started shooting. One of the bullets hit huero and killed he died right in his brothers arms. Marton wanted revenge. His mom noticed a change in him. He joined a gang, fought at parties, and stayed away from home.His moms friend officer martinez tryed to keep him from goin down the wrong path. Martons mom was so woried that she would lose him to so she moved him to bluford high school. His friends found out who shot huero and told martin he had a choice to make to kill them or walk away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cool book!

    This book is great. Martin had a problem. His little brother was shot and he wanted to get revenge on the shooter. We know who the shooter is, but you need to find out by reading this book. Will Martin make the right choice? Will he get revenge?
    By: KK The Boss, Young Money, B Weezy, and Stargirl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    Brothers in Arms Book Review

    Martin Luna, a teenage boy who always chooses his gang over his little brother goes through hard decisions. His younger brother gets shot and passes away, so it causes Martin to be a cross roads. Martin has to choose if he wants revenge or his friends, his mother, or a pretty girl named Vicky.

    Well here it is, I absolutely love this book. It was one of my favorite. All teens should read it because it says how to deal with problems everyday in high school. The book used a lot of description which made me feel like I was there and I was going through the problems with him.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

    Brother in Arms

    Have you ever read a book that started slow but the ending was great? In the book Brother in Arms this is the case. This book is a quick read that starts slow but ends with action. When Martin Luna's little bother Huero is shot and killed Martin wants revenge. His buddies or gang are ready to help him get it too. Then all of a sudden his mom makes Martin move leaving his buddies and his school. Martin is rebellious about moving but keeps in touch with his friends who are trying to find the person who shot Huero. Will they find him? Will they kill him? You'll have to read the book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2009

    The Brothers In Arms Book Review

    Have you ever avoided something but when it's gone you realize how bad you needed it? Well the book Brothers In Arms is a good example of that. This book is about a boy named Martin Luna and he chooses his homeboys over his little brother Huero witch mean light-skinned in Spanish. But one day his brother comes looking for him to try to hang out with him But Martin chases him away. As Huero is leaving an all white Sudan is coming towards them. So Huero comes back to warn them. But they are faster than him. As he was riding his bike he jump into Martins hands and he is shot in the head. He dies in Martins own hands. But it turns out the bullet was meant for Frankie Martins older friend he is a gang-banger. Martin really needs Huero to survive. He changes schools he moves his old friends are breaking into his house and hunting him down. It was a good book, but I didn't like how they used the Spanish words and didn't tell you what they meant. Martin Luna is strong and tough. He is dealing with a lot at home. He does not know what to do with him-self. He is lost and stuck on a two way street. I give this book 3 strong dejected, sturdy, and sorrow. The conflict is Frankie beats up Martin and hunting him down. I think the theme of this book is to be careful and watch who you hang out with. But overall it was a good book.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Brother in Arms is one of the best books I've ever read, and could not put it down

    Imagine something very tragic has occurred and you're little brother is gone! This is the situation that Martin Luna is faced with in the book Brother in Arms.
    I think this book is a very good book. Here are some reasons why I think this; this book is very realistic with bullies and problems kids face in school. Another reason why I think this is because Martin Luna steps up to the bullies in school.
    The main character (Martin Luna) has an extremely short temper with Latino heritage.
    There are two types of conflict in this book, Man Vs. Man and Man Vs. Himself. The reason it is Man Vs. Man is because there is bullying and fighting. The reason it is Man Vs. Himself is because Martin needs to decide whether to make a terrible choice that will haunt him forever or make the right choice and make things right. I would highly recommend reading this book, it is a heart-pounding, action-filled book; and is an extraordinarily good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2009

    brothers in arms

    Do you want to read an awesome book? Then read brothers in arms. It is full of challenges and anger. Some scenes with anger are when martin has to move to a different part of the city. There're also some happy scenes. For example martin seeing the girl of his dreams. These are only a few reasons to read this book.

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