Homeboyz

Homeboyz

by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423100317
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 50,738
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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Homeboyz 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is very popular with students at my school. It seems fairly realistic although the language and violence of gang culture have been cleaned up. I was driven to find out what was to become of Teddy and I rooted for him even though he was very unlikable.
keilani89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Homeboyz, by Alan Sitomer encompasses that revenge should never be an answer. In the beginning, Teddy Anderson seeks out for revenge against a gang known as the 0-1-0s who he believes killed and shot his little sister, Tina, but unfortunately gets busted by the cops for his revengeful actions. Throughout the middle, Teddy is ordered by the judge to do 300 hours of community service with Officer Mariana Diaz in a prevention program which involves keeping young kids out of the streets. Teddy is assigned to tutor Micah, an orphan and wannabe gangster, who he hates at first, but later learns to love Micah and treat like a little brother. By the end, Teddy completed his community service hours, and gained Micah, a little brother who helped him and his family cope with Tina's death. (304 pages read/ 304 pages).
Irishdart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine having the chance to exact revenge for the RP, RT (wrong place, wrong time) murder of your baby sister. Imagine standing in an deserted railroad yard with a gun pointed at the back of the killer's head. Would you shoot him? That's the decision that computer whizkid, Teddy "T-Bear" Anderson has to make after he uses his hacking skills and keen planning ability to create this opportunity. It wasn't easy either. Looking for information on the homeboyz that were responsible earned him three hard weeks in a juvenile detention facility, an ankle bracelet that confines him home unless he's going to do his 300+ community service hours with an orphan, wannabe gang member. He watches his family falling apart. His parents marriage is failing and his sibling hate him. He loses his scholarship to a prestigious computer program and a job with the National Security Administration. But he's strong enough to not care and to focus only on revenge. He can be very patient if he has to be.This is an uncomfortable book to read. Mr. Sitomer uses suspense, horror and some very scary situations involving a 12 year old boy whose best options seem to be to join the gang his cousin leads. The author uses the strong character of a young man who's willing to lose everything to bring the readers to the point where Teddy must decide. The book opens with a description of what kind of person joins a gang, how far she will go for her homeboyz and the street shooting murder of Teddy's innocent 14 year old sister. the plot moves quickly, then slowly as Teddy waits for his chance and builds to a thrilling confrontation. This novel, for older readers, is full of violence, anger and, eventually redemption, and is a powerful read. It would be a good addition to any library that serves reluctant teen readers. Grades 10-12
kmcgiverin05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is an example of realistic fiction, it is set in todays world Los Angeles. The characters felt very realistic and the book makes you want to know them, at least by the end of the novel. I would only recommend this book to upper middles school and high school aged students. It does contain a little vulgarity and swearing, but it doesn't go unpunished. Also there is a lot of violence, and gang/drug references. Homeboyz has a great plot, that doesn't go unnoticed. At first there is a huge conflict and many smaller ones which is the fact that gang violence is much too prevalent, and this specific family has been torn apart from it. The intrigue sucks you in with the curiosity of how the main character T-Bear is going to get his revenge and if so will he be going to jail. The resolution couldn't be better. The young boy that T-Bear helps out because of his Parole/community service is adopted by his parents, and T-Bear does nothing to get himself in jail. Last but not least the man who was responsible for T-Bear's sisters death ended up going to jail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Initially, when I started to read this book, I thought it was unrealistic. The main character, Teddy, has the "body of a Greek god", is a self taught expert in martial arts, and a master computer hacker/ overall genius. But as I kept reading, I began to focus less on his unrealistic abilities and focused more on his realistic relations to friends and family, how the streets made him distrust everyone and made him an angry person. The ending made me very emotional and I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who enjoy movies like Boyz In The Hood.
BreBre8Simpson More than 1 year ago
word cant exsplain how much i love this book rate 10
SarahMary More than 1 year ago
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.
DHSRLG More than 1 year ago
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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PrinceQ More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
number1asianboyofTCHS More than 1 year ago
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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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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kurtmiller12345 More than 1 year ago
"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.
AVDS22 More than 1 year ago
A must read book if you like non stop action and very realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ILoveToReadTS More than 1 year ago
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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Bahlintzkey34 More than 1 year ago
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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M.Thompson More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.