The Unforgiven (Urban Underground Series)

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Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, family dysfunction, sibling relationships, parental bullying. Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible characters and a ...
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Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, family dysfunction, sibling relationships, parental bullying. Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible characters and a compelling storyline. The highly readable style and mature topics will appeal to young adult readers of both sexes and encourage them to finish each novel. Cesar Chavez HS Series-- The split in the Martinez family is real and painful. Expelled from the family, the two eldest make their own way. Felix Martinez is a hard man to love. But Naomi is determined to heal her family. And she decides to take matters into her own hands to bring together two volatile personalities.
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School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—It's been three years since Naomi Martinez, a junior at Cesar Chavez High School, saw her oldest brothers. Her father, Felix, disowned them when Orlando interceded to prevent him from hitting their mother. Now Naomi and her mother speak to Orlando and Manny in secret while her father and other brother, Zack, continue their estrangement. Turning 50 is depressing Felix, and it doesn't help matters that his cousin, Monte Esposito, is a murder suspect who recently lost his seat on the city council. Amid all this drama, Naomi juggles school, her relationship with Ernesto Sandoval, her new job at Chill Out, and her ex-boyfriend's attempts at winning her back after giving her a black eye. Naomi helps clear her uncle and another innocent man and then plans a successful birthday party for her father that involves reuniting the family. Schraff delicately addresses abuse and its consequences in a way that is not overly didactic but fails to ease up on the moral lessons throughout the book. Discerning readers will find the dialogue to be inauthentic with teens using words like "crook," "wimp," and "bum," as well as other words that left teen slang long ago. The plot is exciting enough, but the only readers likely to stick with this hi/lo title are those already invested in Schraff's "Urban Underground" series.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616515867
  • Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Urban Underground Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 1,401,169
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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