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KLIATTAfter a violent temper outburst in his suburban classroom, 12-year-old Caverly Stringer is sent to "sleepaway school," the Cedar Knolls school for children at risk, in Westchester County, New York. While the boys in the school are mostly Jewish, Stringer is African American, the very angry younger son of two sons being raised by a single mother. In over 30 fairly short, intensely riveting chapters, Stringer recounts the two years in the 1960s in which he gradually came to an emerging sense of self-value and a feeling of accomplishment. He learned, haltingly, to make friends and to utilize his own creative talents. The sleepaway school Stringer depicts is not a warm, cozy place: it is rough and sometimes severe. It becomes, nevertheless, a place of growth and hope in this beautifully written memoir. KLIATT Codes: SA*--Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Seven Stories Press, 227p., $13.95.. Ages 15 to adult.