Dark Secrets (Urban Underground Series)

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Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, self esteem, abusive relationships, family dysfunction, bullying, jealousy. Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible ...
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Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, self esteem, abusive relationships, family dysfunction, bullying, jealousy. Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible characters and a compelling storyline. The highly readable style and mature topics will appeal to young adult readers of both sexes and encourage them to finish each novel. Cesar Chavez HS Series-- At school it looks like Naomi and Clay are just a happy couple. But there's a darkness in him. He doesn't treat Naomi right. He's jealous and spiteful. So why does Naomi put up with a guy like Clay? Dark secrets, every family has them, but some are darker than others.
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VOYA - Angelica Delgado
After Ernesto "Ernie" Sandoval's dad is laid off, his family moves from Los Angeles to his parents' childhood barrio. On top of the usual adolescent male worries of girls, grades, and finding cheap, cool wheels, Ernie has to deal with starting his junior year at a new school. As soon as he sets foot on his new stomping grounds he spies Naomi Martinez, a buxom cheerleader who looks great in a sweater but has a troubled home life. Alas, Naomi also has a conceited, football-playing boyfriend who needs a lot of therapy and better anger management skills. The Urban Underground series follows Ernie and pals as they navigate the treacherous waters of rivalries, romance, and heartbreak within the microcosm of Cesar Chavez High School. The Latino branch of the Urban Underground series deals with a slew of heavy-hitting issues—-from dating violence to teen alcoholism—-in a disappointing and simplistic manner. The two titles reviewed here, Dark Secrets and The Stranger, are each akin to an especially corny after-school special that force-feeds the reader a tidy solution in two hundred pages instead of sixty minutes. Ernie is equal parts social worker, busybody, and neighborhood conscience. His portrayal as a protagonist is not only unbelievably good but also unbelievably boring. Ernie, or his even more meddlesome father, bludgeon minor players (and the reader) with moral homilies to ensure that everyone learns valuable life lessons. The plot and prose heavily rely on cookie-cutter characters and dialogue guaranteed to test one's gag reflex. What could be a noble effort to create a quality series featuring Hispanic young adults comes off as sadly trite and soporific. (Urban Underground) Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
VOYA - Angelica Delgado
After Ernesto "Ernie" Sandoval's dad is laid off, his family moves from Los Angeles to his parents' childhood barrio. On top of the usual adolescent male worries of girls, grades, and finding cheap, cool wheels, Ernie has to deal with starting his junior year at a new school. As soon as he sets foot on his new stomping grounds he spies Naomi Martinez, a buxom cheerleader who looks great in a sweater but has a troubled home life. Alas, Naomi also has a conceited, football-playing boyfriend who needs a lot of therapy and better anger management skills. The Urban Underground series follows Ernie and pals as they navigate the treacherous waters of rivalries, romance, and heartbreak within the microcosm of Cesar Chavez High School. The Latino branch of the Urban Underground series deals with a slew of heavy-hitting issues—-from dating violence to teen alcoholism—-in a disappointing and simplistic manner. The two titles reviewed here, Dark Secrets and The Stranger, are each akin to an especially corny after-school special that force-feeds the reader a tidy solution in two hundred pages instead of sixty minutes. Ernie is equal parts social worker, busybody, and neighborhood conscience. His portrayal as a protagonist is not only unbelievably good but also unbelievably boring. Ernie, or his even more meddlesome father, bludgeon minor players (and the reader) with moral homilies to ensure that everyone learns valuable life lessons. The plot and prose heavily rely on cookie-cutter characters and dialogue guaranteed to test one's gag reflex. What could be a noble effort to create a quality series featuring Hispanic young adults comes off as sadly trite and soporific. (Urban Underground) Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616512675
  • Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Urban Underground Series
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 641,599
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book had a great plot, and lessons that all can learn from. It was about a cheerleader who was struck by a car that didn¿t stop, a friend stuck in an abusive relationship, and events that had trouble with the law. I recommend this book to any teen that enjoys a suspense filled plot that ends in a perfectly unexpected way. In conclusion, this was an awesome book that I had fun reading as I got closer and closer to the edge of my seat.

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