The Odd Squad

The Odd Squad

by Joe Benevento


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Narrated by the characters themselves, The Odd Squad is a story of the streets in a working-class, post "white-flight" neighborhood in Queens in the early �70's. On a block where muggings, drug-deals and racial conflicts are commonplace, three teens, Willie King, Frankie Nero and Luis Flores, "one black, one white, one Puerto Rican," are labeled "The Odd Squad," for being best friends in spite of powerful neighborhood pressures to stick with "their own kind." Reflecting the street language, music, dance, dress and sub-cultures of the times, The Odd Squad tells a story of friendship challenged by peer pressure, prejudice and the allure of sex and drugs. It also tells a story of interracial romance between Frankie and Luis's sister Laura, whose chances for happiness are challenged by a neighborhood perhaps readier to explode from hate than to be redeemed by love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933016139
Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Pages: 163
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Virgil Suarez

"Joe Benevento is a writer of immense talent. His fictional work is always inviting, rich and nuanced with the poetry of the streets. The characters in The Odd Squad, this fine and groundbreaking second novel, are memorable. I found myself totally immersed in and taken by this story of friendship and impossible love. Nobody writes dialogue as crisp and as edgy as he does. Put this one on your summer reading list; it is definitely a must-read."
author of Havana Thursdays

Karen Novak

"These characters are easy to like and care for. The story is both small and huge at the same time and the ending is honest and realistic. Many will compare this novel to the classic The Outsiders."
author of Innocence, The Wilderness, and Five Mile House

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