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Brothers in Arms (Bluford High Series #9)
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Brothers in Arms (Bluford High Series #9)

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by Paul Langan, Ben Alirez
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439904902
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Bluford High Series , #9
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 4.12(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Brothers In Arms (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ihs a really good book... this ihs one of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book because i can relate on it and feel for other people because this stuff can happen to them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book strong and sad mintute to minute your heart is racing what is the protagnainst going to do next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Recomend to anyone trying to find their way out of trouble and the hood lifestyle.
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BEST BOOK EVER U SHOULD READ IT !!!!!! LIKE NO JOKE :):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's great!
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I read this book in 3days it iis wonderful. The you read this book the better it gets.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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peach19 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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kiddsavage More than 1 year ago
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