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No Way Out (Bluford Series #14)

No Way Out (Bluford Series #14)

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by Peggy Kern

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No Way Out follows Harold Davis, a Bluford freshman who has appeared in The Bully (Bluford Series #5) and Someone to Love Me (Bluford Series #4). In this tale, Harold is trapped. Medical bills for his sick grandmother are piling up, and a social worker has threatened to put him in a foster home. Desperate for money, he reluctantly agrees to work for Londell James, a


No Way Out follows Harold Davis, a Bluford freshman who has appeared in The Bully (Bluford Series #5) and Someone to Love Me (Bluford Series #4). In this tale, Harold is trapped. Medical bills for his sick grandmother are piling up, and a social worker has threatened to put him in a foster home. Desperate for money, he reluctantly agrees to work for Londell James, a neighborhood drug dealer. The choice leads him into a world of dangerous streets where no one is safe. Will Harold escape the violence that surrounds him, or will he become its next victim?

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Townsend Press
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Bluford Series , #14
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Meet the Author

Peggy Kern

Peggy Kern was born and raised in Westbury, New York. There she attended the local public elementary and middle schools, where she was one of the few white students in a predominately black and Latino community. Peggy didn’t realize what a unique and valuable experience that was until she transferred to a private high school.

“I was miserable in high school,” she says. “I couldn’t understand why my classmates only hung out with people who looked just like they did. To me, that was a foreign concept.” Peggy worked a variety of jobs through her teenage years, including switchboard operator at a country club, cashier at a clothing store, and the night-shift in a bakery.

In 1992, Peggy enrolled at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where she discovered her love of literature and writing. However, the financial stress of paying for college herself – coupled with the painful divorce of her parents – proved overwhelming. She moved back to New York and took a full-time job as a secretary. Determined to finish her degree, she began taking night classes at a local community college and eventually landed a partial scholarship at Long Island University. She continued working full-time and taking classes until she graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English.

Though it took her almost seven years to obtain her college degree, Peggy says she would do it all again. “The adversity made me work even harder. I never forgot how lucky I was to have a chance at an education.”

In 2001, Peggy completed a Master’s degree in English and Writing at Southampton College. She also coordinated the Southampton Writers Conference, where she had the chance to meet some of her literary heroes and assist young students in pursing their dream of writing. While at Southampton, she taught English Composition, tutored undergraduate students and published several short stories.

Peggy is proud to join the Townsend Press team. Her first Bluford book, No Way Out, was published in 2008. Her second Bluford book, The Test, was released in early 2011.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is about a boy named harold davis (i think thats his name !) Who's grandma was recently released out of the hospital. The bills seem to be pieling up so he gets a job at the supermarket ( he gets paied minum wayge ) when he meets the local drug dealer whi some hiw convinces him to deliver the drugs he evantually wants out this is journey......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How far would you go to earn money? Well for Darrell Davis he went way to far. Harold is young and a very shy boy. He goes from sweet to sour when he goes too far. In No Way Out my favorite part is when he works for the neighborhood drug dealer, because it brings lots of action. I also think it is very kind for Harold to care for his grandmother the way he did. The biggest part in the book is when Harold wants to quit working for londell, but he has no way out. The conflict is definitely man vs. man when londell and wont let Harold quit. I one hundred percent think every kid should ready this book. It is action packed and has a bit of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I love the Bluford High Series! It is the best drama book I ever read. It is cool and so IN right now. This book is life to me and my two best friends. If i could choose to live in this book or not, my answer would be "TOTALY NO!" because I woulf D hate to be the dude from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book i usually dont like reading but the first few pages caught my attention, and i kept reading on. It made me feel like i was actually in the story. The ending was really good i had tears in my eyes, when he sat down and talked to his grandma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing I've actually read all of the Bluford Series books hopefully they will make more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. Basically Harold is trying to help pay the bills of his overweight very sick grandmother. First he takes a job at super foods and doesn get paid very much. Then he decides to get a job of drug dealing. Londell seems nice on Harolds first day he drives him around. All Harold has to do is bring the drugs to people. More trouble comes in bringing Harold a bloody chin a bloody lip and bruises. People end up going to jail. Harolds neighbor almost gets shot. Harold has to start hiding from his grandma but it only last a little while before she starts going through his bookbag and starts throwing stuff down the drain. Now harold is in toooooooo much trouble. Who will get arrested who will get hurt who will die who will get shot . Read the book!
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BigdogDB More than 1 year ago
D'Angelo Brown Book Report No Way Out This book was another great book that I read, that was in the Bluford High Series. This book is called No Way Out by Peggy Kern, and I think that the title just catches your attention right away. It was another book that gave a life lesson to the main character. These Bluford High books are impressing me more and more as I keep reading these interesting books. I'm sure that anyone can connect to these books, because I have connected easily to both of the books I have read so far. These books talk about problems that a lot of people be having in their lifetimes, which makes it easy to connect to the books and understand them better. Their wasn't many characters In this book just like the other book I read but, they all have important roles in these books. I think that Cindy was the person in this book that really helped the protagonist. Because she told Mr. Harris were to go to find Harold which is the protagonist. So, since she told Mr. Harris were Harold was she helped save Harold's life, because Mr. Harris beat up Londell and helped the police put in jail. Cindy, also tried to give Harold advice before he took that horrible good paying job that Londell gave him. So Cindy was a very big part in this book and she made the book better. Another thing she did was help Harold take care of his sick, diabetic, weak, and unhealthy grandmother. Their was a lot of foreshadowing in this book about, why Harold would regret taking the job that Londell offered him. The first time it happened was when Harold saw that Kenyan had a bad bruise on his face. The second time was when he noticed that Jupiter a bruise on his arm. He should have knew that Londell did that to them but he soon found out. The third time was when he noticed that Londell doesn't take care of his boys that work for him. Because he doesn't even pay Bug he just pays him in cheeseburgers. Also him making them stay out there on the playground working when thye should be in school. So all of these things led up to him not wanting the job anymore. He got beat up, cut, and caught by his grandmother that he was selling drugs, and he never wanted any of those things to happen. The climax of the story was Harold taking the job from Londell, that messed up his life for about two weeks. The first day he came to the park he got the job that Londell had been offering him. That day he made one delivery with Londell by his side. But the second day he had to make two deliveries by himself that were far from the park. On the first delivery he went to a guy named Shawn house; Shawn didn't have enough money to buy the drugs so Harold wouldn't give it to him. Also Shawn knew that Londell wasn't with Harold to protect him. So suddenly Shawn leaped out of the house at Harold and hit him right in forehead. He keep punching Harold until Harold gave him the drugs. As soon as Harold gave him the bag, Shawn fell to his knees ripped the bag open and started using the drugs outside were everyone could see. Then Harold went to his house took a shower; and found out that his grandmother found the drugs and dumped in the sink so now he had to go back to the park without the drugs or the money. Londell was furious at Harold now because he didn't have the drugs or the money. Londell had Harold pinned down and was telling Jupiter to finish him off. But suddenly a car pulled and Mr. Harris got out and started beating up Londell, and Londell told Jupiter to get t
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very exciting. When there is a kid who has no family except for his grandma but then she gets seriously hurt, the book can't be dull. The life of Harold Davis is falling apart. When his grandma gets hurt, the government is threatening to take him away if his grandma can't take care of him. With the emergency expenses, transportation, and equipment expenses come back, Harold doesn't think that she will. Then someone offers him a "job" to help pay for his expenses, he's tempted. What will he do?
hc63 More than 1 year ago
Harold Davis is a freshman at Bluford High and his grandma is very sick. There are so many medical bills from his grandma and a social worker from a foster home is thinking about putting him into one. He does not know what to do for money so he agrees to help Londell James. Londell James is the local drug dealer. Harold just got himself into big trouble. Will Harlod get into more trouble read to find out!