Durango Street

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Overview

When Rufus Henry gets out of work camp for Grand Theft Auto, he has only one place to go? back to Durango Street. Almost right away, he gets on the wrong side of the Gassers, has to join the rival Moors? and starts running for his life. Years ahead of its time, Durango Street, like The Outsiders, shows that gang violence is, sadly, nothing new? and nothing glamorous. "A starkly realistic, convincing, well-written teen novel." ? School Library Journal

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Overview

When Rufus Henry gets out of work camp for Grand Theft Auto, he has only one place to go? back to Durango Street. Almost right away, he gets on the wrong side of the Gassers, has to join the rival Moors? and starts running for his life. Years ahead of its time, Durango Street, like The Outsiders, shows that gang violence is, sadly, nothing new? and nothing glamorous. "A starkly realistic, convincing, well-written teen novel." ? School Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen R. Braaf
Rufus Henry survived incarceration in the Pine Valley work camp where he served time for grand theft auto. The question is will he survive freedom once he's released? While he's eager to see his younger brother and sister again, he's nervous about going home to a new neighborhood. "Any new neighborhood (is) like a cellar you enter with your hands tied. Suddenly, the door slams behind you and the darkness quake(s) with danger." Danger is Henry's constant companion. He wants to turn his life around, get a decent job, and go back to school, but his is a world of poverty--ruled by gangs and marred by crime and violence. Henry sees no way out. Alex Robbins, with Group Service Council, wants to show him that he has choices, and his choices can make all the difference. It's a realistic, fast-paced, and compelling young adult novel. Originally published thirty-five years ago, the reader may find the language dated. However, the hardships and struggles faced by urban youth are timeless. 1999 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141303093
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 237,225
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Frank Bonham wrote a number of highly acclaimed, hard-hitting YA novels in the early 1960s.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    this is a very great book and action packed!!!!

    Durango Street by Frank Bonham is easily said one of the top 3 best books i have ever read in my life. This book is filled with action on almost every page. the main character is named Rufus and he has a brother, sister, and a mother. Rufus is not exactly sure who his dad is but there is a possibility that it is a famous football named Ernie Brown, but you will have to read the book to find out. Rufus was just released from a camp for bad kids when the book begins but then Rufus gets into a little bit of trouble with a local gang called the Gassers and so Rufus goes the opposite way his parole officer told him, and joins a gang called the Moors, but it was not easy to get into . the Moors gang beat him into the gang, meaning they literally beat him him to see if he could fight or not. Once in the Moors, Rufus gets in even more trouble with the Gassers but later cops and parole officers were put in to separate the gangs from one another. but this does not stop Rufus. Rufus wants revenge, permanent revenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    An amazing Story with loads of Action

    Durango Street, by Frank Bonham, is a book about a young teen, which has gone through some ruff times. Now, his mom has moved to Durango Street, a place in the flats of the town. 14 year old Rufus Henry, now has already gotten in a fight with a gang, and made his way to the top of the moors a rough, rude, rumble gang. So, now he has to beat the gassers, take care of his family, and find a way to get rid of the so called, ¿Gang Buster.¿ Alex Robbins. This book is 5 stars, because of how Frank Bonham shows the life of a real gang, and its members. When Bonham talks about Rufus, I really feel like I can relate to him. Like when he talks about Rufus¿s thoughts in the detention home. I really can relate to how dull the place it is to be in. Bonham shows the dullness though in a full feeling format. The character and his mood vary through the story, based on the moment. The character is also very believable. Bonham really describes the life of a gang member through Rufus. The dialogue in the story makes you want to be at in it. When Rufus has the Gasser against the wall with a broken bottle, and is yelling out rules at there gang it makes you want jump right in and do the same. The plot is a very high action, and unpredictable form. I didn¿t want to put the book down, because the excitement and pressure was too much not to go on. The ending was reasonable, because it doesn¿t leave the reader with something to think about. The plot though is a perfect one for the form of setting. The story takes place in the flats part of a town, where there is a gang fight around every corner. The time is in the present. The style of Frank Bonham is a personal look at the characters where he tells what they do. Many other books in the realistic genre aren¿t as into the characters as this book, at least the ones I¿ve read. He always writes around, and makes the reader think, and guess. The story helped me learn the meaning don¿t take anything for granted, and be happy with what you got because it could disappear just like that. If you¿re a person who really likes books about gangs and a plot were the protagonist is against society and himself a lot, you will like this book very much. Even though this book is for young adults from 12 to 16 I think that some older adults might just like it like me or an another young adult. This is a very descriptive and good book, overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    awsome!!!

    this book was great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    One Of The Few

    There are few books that give an honest and accurate first person account of life in a gang from a first person perspective. Durango Street does just this and is a classic like Run Baby Run. It does not glorify this life it just tells it like it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    great book for teens

    this is a good book for anyone who likes to read about the typical l.a. gangsta. it's an easy book to read with lots of suspence at the end of the chapter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    Durango street is relivant

    In the story durango street it is possible that this situation could happen in real life in a big city

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    It Really Surprised Me!

    I had to read this book for a project at school. I really thought the book was going to be boring. I read the first chapter of the book, and I really got interested in it. This book is great for teenagers. I would recommend this book for every-one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2001

    Great book and super exciting

    I am only half way but let me tell you all i want to do now is read read read! I highly recommend it. Believe me youll want to keep reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    This book started my love for reading.

    I found this book in my jr. high library when I was in 7th grade, that was over 30 years ago! I remember thinking 'now this is a book worth reading'. It still holds true today. I bought this book to give to my son when he is looking for something to jump start his reading. This was the first book I ever read for pleasure and reading has been a important part of my life ever since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    great book

    This book has no lies in it. It tells the truth about what is out there on the streets. It just comes to show you to think before you make a decision.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    Durango Street has the right beat!

    When I was in the 9th grade, I read this book. That was some 29 years ago, then I saw it on my neices kitchen table about 6 years ago and I asked her if I could read it again. Then I saw the book at Barnes and Noble just a couple of weeks ago and I bought it so I could read it for the third time. I have run a youth program for some time and the book just is right on the money and every child should read it in school.

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