by Coe Booth


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An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year.

Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His father's in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn't feel good enough for her -- and seems to be always on the verge of doing the wrong thing around her. There's another girl at the homeless shelter who is also after him, although the desires there are complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439838801
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 70,973
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Coe Booth is a graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Tyrell and Kendra, and was born and still lives in the Bronx.

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Tyrell 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Coe Booth's first novel, TYRELL, is a masterfully written, gritty reality check of urban life through the eyes of a heavily burdened fifteen-year-old. After his father is sentenced to prison (for the third time), it is up to Tyrell Green to take care of both his deranged mother and his seven-year-old brother, Troy. But Tyrell is only fifteen! Not only is he living in a completely run-down shelter, but he is broke, out of school, and struggling for some way to earn money to get his mom and brother out of shelter care and into an apartment of their own.

In a place like the Bronx, it is easy for young adults to get caught up in a life of crime. Tyrell knows this, but is also a man of principle (for the most part, at least). Refusing to earn his quick buck through such shady sources as drug dealing, he originates a plan to get the money he needs to get things back to the way they were. The question of whether it will work, or whether it will blow up in his face....you'll have to read TYRELL to find out (but it's worth it!)

The great thing about TYRELL is that Coe Booth keeps the pressure on at all times. Real life drama is quilted into the novel until the very end, and it is both humbling and very entertaining to read. She also incorporates real urban vernacular (e.g. "slang") to create an extremely real and convincing narrative.

Coe Booth creates an atmosphere so believable it's impossible not to walk away after reading the novel and not have taken something with you. The characters experience the lowest of lows, the highest of highs, and everything in-between throughout the course of the story--and it doesn't stop until the very end. Dripping from head to toe with sharp turns and very surprising climaxes, it's sure to keep you consumed until the last page.

It's a lot to pack into a story, but Booth does it gracefully and with extraordinary skill. I praise Ms. Booth's first novel and am waiting anxiously for the next.

Plus, she's a PUSH novelist, and it doesn't get much better than PUSH!
Shundra Bell More than 1 year ago
I read this book at my middle school with my reading teacher and i loved it it was so wonderful great story i want to read more stories from this author people you should get this book you would love it to although it is sad it is a good read and a page turner for me
Dessyjo More than 1 year ago
Pooney216 More than 1 year ago
Tyrell by Coe Booth is a very sad, and awesome book. IT is a very good book. I would recommend it to a friend and i would also recommend it to young adults and other teenagers like me as well and kids like twelve or eleven years old i would recommend it to. Tyrell talks about how tyrell has to become the man of the house. His mother and his little brother has to live in the shelter. IN the book, it seems like everybody is putting pressure on tyrell ,especially his own mother because his father is locked up. so I love the book i fell in love with it when i first read the first chapter and it is also very interesting. BUT the only bad thing is that the book has very short chapters. but i still recommend it to other people who would love to read the book... S SO PICK UP THE BOOK PEOPLE!! it is worth your money people!! if you fall in love with the book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really loved the book it really felt like i was in it and it got drama in it that some kids are dealing with right now. and how tyrell and jasmine is together wow if that was me it would have be realllllllllllllllllly hard for me to sleep with tyrell it feels like i already seen/know him all ready in real life. But anywayz the book was really good and i hope it has a part 2 in the book and i will share it out to everyone i know including in my teachers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! i am 15 and i really dont like to read, unless i have to...but i went to a local library were i live and i saw 'Tyrell' on the shelf...once i opened it i could not put it down! I finished that book in 1 1/2 days! I am really looking forward to reading more of Coe Booths book. I really enjoyed the book very much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about real life drama. It was a really really really good book. I found myself rooting for Tyrell all the way through.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful novel about growing up in the projects in NYC. Tyrell's narrative is heartbreakingly honest, raw and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tyrell is living in a shelter with his mother and brother in this urban novel when things begin to go badly for him. His father is in jail, his girlfriend is a good girl who won't have sex with him, and his mother expects him to support her and his brother by selling marijuana. The transitional housing that they are living in is a roach-filled motel and he meets a girl named Jasmine who is also in the motel with him. She is beautiful, and he wants to get with her, but he has that girlfriend. Tyrell is full of sex and drugs, but it is also about people who have a hard life and just are trying to get by. Tyrell eventually decides to throw a party which is the culminating event of the book. While you hope for the best for Tyrell, you see the crappiness of his life - he is trying to get back into the projects which really says something. The book does not end up on an especially high note, but I can see how much teens would want to read this and would want a sequel. Tyrell definitely leaves room for a sequel - when it ends Tyrell's brother is in foster care and he has a lot of money from his party but nowhere still to live. I would imagine that Booth is just waiting to show us what happens next to Tyrell.
DF1A_JaleahH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tyrell starts in the Bronx, New York. His father is in jail, mother is lazy, and his little brother Troy is being used by his mother to get SSI checks. Tyrell is 15 and has all the world¿s pressures on his shoulders. They¿ve homeless, living in a horrible shelter that sends them to bad motels. Tyrell has a girlfriend named Novishia; she is 14 and has everything going for her. She and Tyrell are super close but lately she¿s been pushing him away. He is trying to get her back in his good graces and trying to also do whatever he can to get his family out. But not the illegal way he doesn¿t want to end up like his father did.
DF6B_shanices on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a amazing!!! Its about a boy and his family problems and street promlems. Once you start you won't be able to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!
EllieHodgson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very well written book that explores the life of kids that live in the "hood" and have no real place to go. A very deep book that makes you cherish what you have in life.
sexy_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Living in New York with one parent in jail, the other parent who can't take care of you, and a little brother that looks to you as a role model would be tough on anyone. This is a circumstance that no one wants to imagine for themselves, but Booth tells the story as real as if it were happening to you. Tyrell is trying his best to keep his family together in impossible circumstances. I don't know how I feel about this, but I will not deny that it is very well written. On one hand the character Tyrell has the best intention, but on the other hand he allows himself to act based off of stereotypes ie woman need men to take care of them and should be subordinate to their husband, despite the fact that his mother can't take care of them because of that stereotype. I would recommend this to high school students, especially in rural or upper class areas, to expose them in a realistic fashion to the reality of inner city life.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tyrell's family has lost their home when his dad is sent back to jail. Tyrell is feeling pressure from his mom to support the family and take care of his younger brother while living in a dump of a motel while waiting for some public housing. A drop-out at fifteen, Tyrell has limited options for cash (and very few legal ones). He's got girl problems. A gritty look at the life of an inner-city team who is faced with tough choices at every turn.
DF5B_ShareeE on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tryell is about a boy who is poor and has to take care of his family while his dad is in jail. While doing that he trys to do the right thing for his family so he wont be like his father. Its kind of hard to do when his mom is trying to get him to do the wrong thing. Thats why i loved this book beause you get to see him try to do the right thing.
vickdamonejr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A completely authentic and moving depiction of what many teenagers experience living in the impoverished conditions of inner cities with misguided notions of responsibility, masculinity, and ultimately, hope. I'd recommend this book to everyone because it will create dialogue that some would normally shy away from. This book doesn't promote stereotypes, it merely portrays the life that many African-Americans and other adolescents lead.
km3scott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though he is only fifteen, Tyrell has been through more than most adults. Now that his "Pops" is back in jail, he and his family are in dire straits. Right now Tyrell, his "moms" and his little brother are living in roach-infested temporary housing. The future is bleak. Tyrell feels as if he must be the provider and father figure, which isn't easy to do when you are surrounded by crime, hunger, and hopelessness. He wants to do the right thing, and most importantly, stay out of jail. At the same time he is juggling two girlfriends-both very different. Poverty often breeds despair, but Tyrell is determined to beat the odds. He has a plan that just might work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my fav amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good that i hope he make a part three i read part one and two for thoes who dont know the name of part two it is call bronxwood are you can just go to related titles and press more by this arthour and then look for bronx wood i wish he will make a part three already!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relly liked it eveyone should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is the best book that I have ever read! Trust me when i say that I have over 900 books. This book does give you hope and it is funny. But overall this book is worth the money and then some, Devotion143
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ? This Book . It's Just A Real African American Getting Around Like We Do . That's Why You Can Feel It .It's A Great Book So Far AnyMore Like It ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it coe booth is an excellent author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one good book