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by Norah McClintock
     
 

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Remy has just been released from juvenile detention and is back in his old neighborhood. He went away because he severely assaulted a guy who insulted his girlfriend, Asia. As a white boy dating an immigrant, Remy has had to take a lot of the inbred racism that exists in the inner-city -- from strangers, his family and even the police. When the white kids and the… See more details below

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Remy has just been released from juvenile detention and is back in his old neighborhood. He went away because he severely assaulted a guy who insulted his girlfriend, Asia. As a white boy dating an immigrant, Remy has had to take a lot of the inbred racism that exists in the inner-city -- from strangers, his family and even the police. When the white kids and the "outsiders" start scrapping over the local basketball court, Remy is caught between sticking up for his friends and siding with Asia, who is now seeing Marcus, the leader of the other group.

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 12 up.

Remy is an angry young man. He has just gotten back home after spending nine months in a juvenile detention facility because he assaulted a classmate who was making comments about his girlfriend. Now that he is home, he has even more to be angry about because his mother and sister treat him like dirt and his ex-girlfriend Asia has moved on to another guy. Also at the core of McClintock's novel is an homage to West Side Story; Remy and his friends, who are all white, get into a turf war with a group of immigrant teens, including Asia, who have been forced out of their old neighborhood and now want to use the local basketball court. The most surprising aspect of this book, which is a part of the "Orca Soundings" series for reluctant readers, is Remy's very real and unapologetic voice. He does not regret the initial assault that led to him getting arrested, and his actions toward the end of the novel further suggest that he has learned little about how to control his anger. The chilling conclusion of Remy's story is a heartbreaking punch to the stomach, and readers, reluctant and voracious, will easily be swept up in this fast-paced and thought-provoking tale of rage and its dire ramifications. Reviewer: Michele DeCamp

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"A lot happens in this very short novel, but McClintock keeps her writing spare and the story fast-paced."
CM Magazine
"Recommended for all public and high school libraries."
TeensReadToo.com
"Powerful and insightful."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
"The racial overtones and complex layers of life on the edge of teen and adulthood make this a particularly gripping book."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696062
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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When James and the rest of them talk about the other guys, their faces get all twisted so that they don't even look like themselves. I wonder if I looked like that when I beat up that guy. I sure was mad enough.

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