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"Jimmy always told me there were only two kinds of gangbangers: Those who were dead and those who were going to die. Joining a gang doesn't make sense to Jimmy..." 

Jimmy is dead now — gunned down in front of his little sister, Mina, and his brother, Tito. And Tito is left wondering: Was Jimmy in a gang after all? Ice Breaker Joe and Lamar think so. They say Jimmy was skimming their drug money. And if the missing cash isn't returned, Tito may have to pay — with his ...

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"Jimmy always told me there were only two kinds of gangbangers: Those who were dead and those who were going to die. Joining a gang doesn't make sense to Jimmy..." 

Jimmy is dead now — gunned down in front of his little sister, Mina, and his brother, Tito. And Tito is left wondering: Was Jimmy in a gang after all? Ice Breaker Joe and Lamar think so. They say Jimmy was skimming their drug money. And if the missing cash isn't returned, Tito may have to pay — with his life.Some people go to the crossroads, but Tito's crossroads laid themselves down in front of him. His brother Jimmy sprawls on the sidewalk at his feet. Shot in a drive by. Now a gang claims that Jimmy was their Ace Man. They say Tito must take his place and resolve some unfinished business. They give him a gun. "You need protection. It's not safe on the street." What path will be choose at the crossroads? He knows one leads to safety and one to death . . . but which is which?

1997 Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Readers ALA
1997 Books for the Teen Age NY Public Library
1999 Arizona Young Readers' Award

Author Biography: Lynne Ewing worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services before turning to writing full time. Ms. Ewing lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Twelve-year-old Tito, while helping to care for his little sister, struggles to find his way during the aftermath of his brother's death in a gang-related shooting.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When his older brother is killed in a drive-by shooting, a boy realizes his role model was a gang member. "Ewing's fast-paced first novel offers distinctly drawn, affecting characters and lots of action," said PW. Ages 10-up. Feb.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This eighty-five-page novella begins with the death of Tito's brother Jimmy. The police think it might be a revenge shooting, but sixth grader Tito is sure his brother wasn't in a gang because "Jimmy always told me there were only two kinds of gangbangers: those who were dead and those who were going to die." After Jimmy's death, Tito spends much time convincing himself about his brother's goodness and the stability of his world, though all events contradict his efforts. The adults in the novel seem to react the same way. Tito's mother tells her children that everything's okay, but makes a bed for Mina, Tito's sister, in the bathtub and tells him to sleep on the floor. The book's strength is not in its writing style, nor in plot innovation. It does have a brevity and simplicity that provide access for less proficient readers and so it may reach the kind of child who's pictured in the novel. Readers will have to wonder about the ending which seems like a happily ever after. Can safety and happiness exist in the hopeless world that Ewing describes, or is this just a temporary happily ever after? 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Jimmy was always joking around. That's what Tito thought he was doing that night in front of the library. But when the gang car sped away and Jimmy lays motionless on the ground, Tito realizes that his brother is dead. He later learns that Jimmy had been skimming money from his "deliveries" and hiding it from his gang and now that he is gone, the gang members begin a destructive search of Tito's house for the stolen cash. After being bullied, badgered, and threatened with death, Tito knows what he has to do. This novel explores the aftermath of a gang-related shooting in a first-person narrative style. While realistic actions and language propel readers through it, character development is minimal; thus, there is no sense of emotional involvement toward Tito and his family. The story encourages readers to do the right thing, but the overall effect is one of helplessness and lack of control. S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders Viking, 1967 and Walter Dean Myers's Scorpions HarperCollins, 1988 are far better explorations of gang life.Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Ewing's first novel is grim, taut, and ultimately hopeful, with a satisfying ending that makes its point without belaboring it. In the early pages, Tito's older brother, Jimmy, is killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting. This is only the beginning of Tito's family's troubles, for while they cope with their grief, the gang attacks their house repeatedly, forcing the family to move. Following revelations about Jimmy's secret life, Tito's innocence is gradually stripped away; he confronts hard truths about gang life and takes action to protect his family and do what is right.

Written in stripped-down prose that mirrors (sometimes gratingly) Tito's bleak world, the brief tale combines the plot twists of a mystery with a topical setting and theme that will appeal to reluctant readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780777958
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 85
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Ewing began writing as a way to unwind from her job with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. She is the author of Drive-By, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Party Girl, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, an Amazon Editor's Choice, and a Teen People recommended read; and the bestselling Daughters of the Moon series, which was also an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Washington, DC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    This is such a good book

    This is a good book, i read it for a class and i finished in a couple days. I woud subjest this book for a older reading audience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Boring, Not Realistic or Descriptive.

    We had to read this book for our language arts class. I thought I would die of boredom. First of all, we are in 8th grade, and this book is obviously intended for younger children. Secondly, it was not realistic. I couldn't really see any of this really happening, maybe some of it, but not all of it. Drive By had the same story line as countless other books that are out there. The author did not use any descriptive works, all I could she was 'She said, he said, she said, he said, he said, said, said, said' I mean come on! Throw in 'exclaimed' or 'gasped' or something just a tiny bit more interesting in here! It was so easy, and fast moving, I wish the author would have paid a little more attention to detail. Explain the scene, plant a picture in my head, make me sit on the edge of seat. I doubt this has to do with the author directly, put the voice on the tape was extremely blah, and read really slow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    IT WAS GREAT

    wow i cant believe i actually read i usually dont read books only book about something interestin, and this book made me read more and more n i finised it in 3 days. i was so into it. i NEVER finished a book so fast. THIS NEVER HAPENED I AM SURPRISING MY SELF

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    On The Real

    I am a real 'gang kid' from Long Beach California. I got my first gun when I was 8. I have been drive-byed 5 times and my best friend got killed when he was 13. My English teacher gave me this book to do a review on. I gave this book 5 stars because I think it has a good message for some kids who might think about joining a gang. But I got to say that I was disappointed with this book because it is not very on the real. You can tell a person who never lived this kind of life wrote it, or had kids who did, even though she might have known some kids who lived like this. But that does not make it a bad book. I think that if you liked this book and want to know more about gangs on tha real, you should checkout some books like the Last Street Fighter or Always Runing. There is some stuff about gangs in the book 'Ghost Train' too. Like I said I think this book was a good try, it has a good message but it¿s not very on the real if you live where I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

    this is my favorite book in this universe i hope u like it 2. it teaches u about the family meanings and things u cant pass up in life and about friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Did someone ever killed your brother and was thrating your family.

    Did someone ever killed your brother and was thrating your family. Well that what's heapend to Tito. His brother Jimmy was a gang, but Tito didn;t to belive in it, but Joe and Lamer seen to think so. They say that Jimmy was selling drugs and skimming their drug money. Now they whant Tito to join their gang, but he doesn't. So Tito may pay with his life for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    TEENAGER SHOT TO DEATH

    Have you every read a newspaper and it said, teenagers gets shot? Or have you seen it on TV? This story is about two brothers and one sister, how they were having fun, and then one of the brother gets shot by Gang Bangers. This story is a drama and mystery, it takes place near a library in California. When the older brother jimmy got killed by gang bangers it was up to his younger brother Tito to take care of the rest unfinished besiness. This story i would say is really for guys, and teenagers, I don't think girls would be intrested in this story, unless they like stories about gangs. I do reccomend this book, it is a interesting story. When you start reading the book, you will never want to stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    It was awsome!!!!!!!!

    I did'nt like to read but when i read this book i love it and now i love 2 read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    it was an awesome book

    i liked this book i hate reading but i loved this book it made me want to keep reading i would read this book agian

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Great Book

    I think this is a great book. I read this book when I was in 5th grade! and I'm now in 11th and I don't know what It was but all of a sudden one day I just thought of It and decided to look It up on the web and I found this! I truly recommend this book I think It's the best(especially after I remembered It after 6 years!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    The best book to read

    this is a good book for kids to read because it makes you think. Tito has to make difficult decisions about gangs and guns. The book is sad and tense but also makes you laugh. He has a sister named Mina who gets him into embarrassing messes but she also gets him into a couple of scary confrontations. I liked this book. It's my favorite read this summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Good Book

    We had to read this book in class. At first I didn't think I'd like it but it's my favorite now. It's really really really sad and I hated that we had to read it in class because I wanted to cry so bad but didn't want anyone to see me. YOu know what I mean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    Very cool even at a young age.

    I read this book when I was in middle school. This book brought me to tears. It showed me that family is very, VERY important and to never let the bond between siblings be broken. I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    The Best Book ever

    I absolutly love this book. It's the greatest that I've ever read in my whole life. It's my favorite book. I think everyone should check out the sequal to it too. Well their not sequals but they sortof go together as sequals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2002

    L.A.'s Drive-By

    Tito is a boy from L.A. who lives with his mom, his sister Mina, and his brother Jimmy. When Jimmy gets killed by gang bangers in a drive-by, they are then after Tito because of Jimmy's past. Tito has to get through a number of situations in order to survive. I liked the book because it has a lot of action and suspense, and it tells about real-life situations. If I read it, then I think I most students would like to read it. Teachers and older people would not like it because they usually read long, difficult books. It was cool!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Compelling

    This is one of the most interesting story I have ever read. I keeps you on your toes wondering what's going to happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    6th grade class

    My class just finished this book and they would not put it down. It is very realistic to the issues kids have to deal with in the inner city. I had the best book discussions of the year. NO DOUBT YOUR CLASS WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    Awesome book!

    I have read this book like 50 times and I have enjoyed it every time! Like I said in the headline, this is an AWESOME BOOK! I really encourage people of all ages to read this book or have it read to them. Almost everyone in my classroom has read this book and they have all enjoyed it. I told one person about it and they read it. Then they told other people about it and now it is hardly ever in the school library. THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!

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