Homeboyz

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When Teddy Anderson's little sister Tina is gunned down randomly in a drive-by shooting, the gangstas who rule the streets in the Anderson family's rapidly deteriorating neighborhood dismiss the incident as just another case of RP, RT-wrong place, wrong time. According to gangsta logic, Tina doesn't even count as a statistic.
Teddy's family is devastated. Mrs. Anderson sinks into deep depression while Pops struggles to run both the household and his declining laundry business. ...

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Overview

When Teddy Anderson's little sister Tina is gunned down randomly in a drive-by shooting, the gangstas who rule the streets in the Anderson family's rapidly deteriorating neighborhood dismiss the incident as just another case of RP, RT-wrong place, wrong time. According to gangsta logic, Tina doesn't even count as a statistic.
Teddy's family is devastated. Mrs. Anderson sinks into deep depression while Pops struggles to run both the household and his declining laundry business. The Andersons are shocked still further when Teddy is arrested and thrown in prison for attempted homicide after his elaborately laid plans for revenge against his sister's killer are foiled by the cops.
Teddy soon finds himself out of prison on house arrest, and in the capable hands of Officer Mariana Diaz, the smart, tough probation officer assigned to oversee his endless hours of community service. As part of the innovative rehabilitation program Diaz runs, Teddy is assigned to tutor Micah, a twelve-year-old orphan and would-be gansta.
As Teddy goes through the motions of complying with the terms of his probation, Diaz has no idea that he is using his genius-level computer hacker skills to plot his final vengeance and to defraud the state education system of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But even though Teddy thinks he knows it all, he fails to see how Micah's desperate need for love and trust just might have the power not only to pierce all Teddy's defenses, but to save his family.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Diane Colson
Seventeen-year-old Teddy Anderson is known for his moodiness and for his wizardry at computer hacking. When his little sister is accidentally killed during a gang-related shooting, Teddy assuages his grief by stalking her killers. His plan to avenge her death turns sour, however, when Teddy is arrested during his assault on the gang members. Now his grief-stricken family is further devastated because Teddy's promising future seems destroyed. He gets one chance at redemption via an experimental mentoring program that pairs him with a twelve-year-old boy named Micah. Micah's life has been one emotional disaster after another, and now he hovers on the brink of gang involvement. If Teddy can save Micah from the fate of gang warfare, he can escape imprisonment. At first Teddy resists the righteous path, brushing off Micah's predicament and plotting to finance his own escape. After realizing that Micah and Teddy's own shattered family members can heal each other, Teddy is able to accept a responsible role and reclaim his future. This third book in Sitomer's Hoopster trilogy also focuses on one of the Anderson siblings, and both Andre from The Hoopster (Hyperion, 2005/VOYA August 2005) and Tee-Ay from Hip-Hop High School (2006/VOYA April 2006) make appearances in this novel. There are a number of gritty scenes, including the opening sequence that describes a young girl's initiation into a gang. Although character development is thin and plot a bit incredible, teens who enjoy urban drama will be captivated by the steady flow of action.
Kirkus Reviews
When his sister is shot and killed in a gangland drive-by shooting, Teddy plots revenge, and the tension of this gritty and violent story lies in just how he will do it. Los Angeles gang leaders are like Pied Pipers of the inner city, luring people into their fold, and Sitomer explores the dynamics of the gangs-why they're attractive, how they operate and what societal factors contribute to their growth. Unfortunately, the well-meaning text too often sounds like an angry social worker expounding on the ills of society, to the detriment of the story itself. The character of Teddy is sometimes secondary to social analysis, and at other times he's too much the superhero to seem real-a consummate street fighter, a world-class computer hacker and a handsome, smart boy with a penchant for trouble. However, the fast-paced plot and lurking threat of violence will capture readers' attention, and older readers will find this a satisfying conclusion of the Hoopster trilogy. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423100317
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 64,080
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the
2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. Homeboyz is the final volume in his young adult trilogy of novels that began with The Hoopster and Hip-Hop High School. Alan is also the author of Hip-Hop
Poetry and The Classics
, a text used in classrooms across the United States to engage disengaged students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    About this book and how it made me feel

    This was the best book i have read in my life of reading. This book had lot or drama and very exciting things going on. In this book it talks about other people life and how they live in the ghetto. The characters were great it actually felt like i was one of the characters in the book and i could understand what the writer was talking about.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    word cant exsplain how much i love this book rate 10

    word cant exsplain how much i love this book rate 10

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    MUST READ

    This book was so good! I was supposed to read it for school and had a whole schedule set up for the book, but it grabbed me in and i couldnt put the book down! The ending really surprised me, I never thought that would happen. MUST READ. Definitely changed my views on gangs and vengeance.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    :)'Amazingg !!

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It brings Drama,Revenge,Mistery,and Very good life lessons. For people like me that arent into reading as much this book is the kind of book to read it took me not even a week to read this book because it was so amazing that I couldnt put my book down!! I honestly love this book.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Great Book

    well i started reading this book the other day i just brought it. so im like on chapter 5 so it is a good book to read. It kinda teaches you about how gang's and gang members are so anybody who want to read this i think should. i really like this book so anybody thinking about joining gang's or that are in a gang should read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    awesomeness

    This book was epicly awesome, a lot of action, suspense, and realisim. its amazing that the things in this book actually happen on a regular basis on the west and east side of our country. with the crime rate rising and the gangs roaming the street its not hard to see senseless violence happening every day. the characters seemed very realistic, almost like they were actusl people. and the story line itself tied the entire book together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Great Book!

    This book was extremely good. It had action, realism, and it was very edgy. It was the best book I've ever read. The thing I liked the most about the book was its realism. Also, the word usage in this book made it feel even more realistic and some of the situations were described so well that it made you feel as if you were there. It was like if the book was stuck to my hands, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Awesome!!!!!!!!

    This Book Homeboyz written by Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a very good book, it catches your attention in the first few pages. It always make want to read more and more and also put you on the edge of your seat. Its an east read but it was really well done. Very realistic and also up to date. Its was like how it would be in real life. Its a very good action book but also it kinda emotional. Its connect to the reader and it is unforgettable. Its stay in your mind and the description is very wonderful its like you were actually there. I personally reconmend it for everyone even to people who doesn't like to read. I guanrentee you wouldnt be able to put it down once you start reading it. Its such an awesome book.If you havent read it yet then what are you waiting for go and read it.

    -Johnny Dang ^_^
    Timber Creek High School Class of 2011

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Revenge Gets You Nothing

    "Homeboyz", by Alan Lawrence Sitomer is written realistically and displays the gang world of today quite accurately. Also, specifically the syntax and word usage in this book made it realistic and some of the situations were described so well that you felt as if you were there. However, there was a particular theme that was obvious, that revenge is not necessarily a good thing. The main character of the book, Teddy Anderson has his sister killed by gangsters "on accident". His family is absolutely devastated, and his mother spends most of her time by herself in her bedroom prior to the murder. At first, all Teddy wants is revenge, to get the killer but his selfishness gets him nowhere but juvenile hall, and this supports that revenge is not a good thing. He gets out of juvenile hall and is still selfish at this point, "His parents world was crumbling, but he had work to do" (Pg. 165; 20-21). This shows how selfish he was and how ignorant he was of his family and what they were going through. All he wanted to do was kill the killer of his lovely sister. He has to go through probation because he assaults three gangsters and gets caught. This is how he meets Micah, a young boy who seems to be becoming a gangster himself. Teddy is forced to tutor this young boy, but after a while they become close friends, and change each others lives. Teddy brings Micah out of the gang world and Micah takes away the selfishness that Teddy has. Micah brings the family together, after him and Teddy finally become friends, and the family unifies and realize that they will only hurt even further, without being a true family. They come together, the killer gets killed regardless (not by Teddy), and Micah is brought out of the gang world and becomes a part of the Anderson family. I highly recommend this book, because it anything but boring, page after page is full of excitement and action. The only thing that was probably bad about this book is that it wasn't a challenging read, but this is just a minor issue, the book overall was amazing and seriously one of the best I have read. On a scale of one to ten I would definitely give this book a solid 10, because it's realistic and the conversations that take place within it use the language that gangsters would such as "yo" or "wassup". "Homeboyz" by Alan Lawrence Sitomer was an excellent read and the theme that I got out of this read is that revenge, although it seems like a good thing, gets you nowhere and gets you nothing.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    good book

    this book ceaches the reader eyes and mack them read it two times

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

    Amazing!

    This book is amazing. I couldnt put it down as if it were stuck to my hands!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    This book was amazing!!

    A must read book if you like non stop action and very realistic.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    This Book Was Great!!!

    I had to read this book for summer reading, and it was absolutely a great, great book. I never wanted to put it down and when i did, I was always thinking about what was going on inside the book. This BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!!!

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!

    This has to be my favorite book of all time! It has a clever twist that kept me reading! I was so into this book i forgot lunch i was reading so much! Five Stars

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    Totally Awesome!!! Reviewed by M.Thompson

    To be honest, I do not read more than two books a year. In fact, I hate reading. I find it insanely boring; however, Alan Sitomer¿s masterpiece, Homeboyz, has made the exception. I am shocked that it has not won an award. <BR/>Sitomer uses an interesting technique to tell the story too. He starts out explaining the setting in amazing detail. Then after sharing the setting, he explains the reasons for what is going on. <BR/>A great example is when the main character¿s father comes home late from work two days in a row and throws Teddy a bag of KFC. Teddy feels like his father is quite distant from him. Most authors would move on with the story, but Sitomer does not. He explains why Teddy¿s father has been acting so unusual. After his daughter¿s recent death, Teddy¿s father only has the strength to wake up in the morning. For the past few weeks following Tina¿s murder, the father grows increasingly depressed and detached from life. For instance, the father loses his ability to perform at work. As a result, the company he works for loses a client they had for thirteen years. But I won¿t say anymore about that because then I will ruin the story.<BR/>Sitomer also makes this book an extremely easy, suspenseful read. I have spent many nights where I would stay up for hours because I just can not put the book down. I know this sounds cliché, but it is true. <BR/>The best part of this book is that I found a new author that is great at writing. His new techniques I believe will bring a lot of people who hate reading, like me, a chance to enjoy reading. I plan on reading the other two books in the Anderson family trilogy, Hip Hop High School and The Hoopster. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    It was dope

    This book was really good. The ending kind of caught me off guard but overall it was a relly good book. Teddy was a very smart boy, his little sister jus was in the wrong place at the wrong time and she got killed and from then on he seek revenge. So throughout the whole book he was searching for the person responsible for killing his sister when he found him he couldnt do it. But all in all I relly enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Teddy Anderson is out for revenge. His little sister, Tina, was the victim of a drive-by, gang-related shooting. Her death is explained with the gang label RP, RT -- wrong place, wrong time. <BR/><BR/>Big brother Andre and older sister Tee-Ay are both away at college. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are both grieving the death of their youngest child in their own separate ways. That leaves Teddy to deal with his emotions in the only way he knows how. He turns to the same violence that cut short his little sister's life. <BR/><BR/>Arrested for attempted murder, Teddy finds himself in the court system. Surprisingly, he is released to his parents, but the deal involves house arrest, wearing an ankle bracelet, and doing community service for some probation officer with a government-funded program to reform gang members. Teddy reports to Officer Diaz and meets Micah, a twelve-year-old gangsta' wannabe. <BR/><BR/>The arrangement is for Teddy to work with Micah -- help him with his homework, talk to him about his problems, and generally bond with him so he'll stay off the streets and out of trouble. Teddy is no slouch. He puts in his community service time, but also uses his considerable intelligence and computer skills to hack into the court system to further his plans for revenge. <BR/><BR/>HOMEBOYZ is the final book in the Anderson family trilogy by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. He brings the dangerous and deadly side of gang violence to life, and at the same time reveals the emotional and touching relationship that develops between Teddy and young Micah. Readers who enjoyed HOOPSTER and HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL will be pleased with this final book. It also works well as a stand-alone for those not familiar with Sitomer's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Interesting

    I checked this book out @ school for AR and i only need a few more pages and i have only had it for about for days. It is amazing cause I dont like to read what so ever but Istarted reading this book and Igot real in to it. The only thing about it is that it is a bit desturbing in some parts of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Teddy Anderson is out for revenge. His little sister, Tina, was the victim of a drive-by, gang-related shooting. Her death is explained with the gang label RP, RT -- wrong place, wrong time. Big brother Andre and older sister Tee-Ay are both away at college. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are both grieving the death of their youngest child in their own separate ways. That leaves Teddy to deal with his emotions in the only way he knows how. He turns to the same violence that cut short his little sister's life. Arrested for attempted murder, Teddy finds himself in the court system. Surprisingly, he is released to his parents, but the deal involves house arrest, wearing an ankle bracelet, and doing community service for some probation officer with a government-funded program to reform gang members. Teddy reports to Officer Diaz and meets Micah, a twelve-year-old gangsta' wannabe. The arrangement is for Teddy to work with Micah -- help him with his homework, talk to him about his problems, and generally bond with him so he'll stay off the streets and out of trouble. Teddy is no slouch. He puts in his community service time, but also uses his considerable intelligence and computer skills to hack into the court system to further his plans for revenge. HOMEBOYZ is the final book in the Anderson family trilogy by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. He brings the dangerous and deadly side of gang violence to life, and at the same time reveals the emotional and touching relationship that develops between Teddy and young Micah. Readers who enjoyed HOOPSTER and HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL will be pleased with this final book. It also works well as a stand-alone for those not familiar with Sitomer's other books. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    An amazing book!

    Homeboyz is one of the best books I have read, and I have read MANY. Although this book has its share of 'gangsta' moments, it is also scientific as well. All I can honestly say is 'LOVE IT'. I don't want to spoil the ending...it was well written. Just phenomenal in my opinion.

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