Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, planning for the future, growing up, family dysfunction, cancer, death. 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 Ernesto began the year a stranger in a new school. Now, with their junior year ending, the students at Chavez High are looking to the future and making plans. But what will that mean for some of them? Will they go on to pursue their dreams or will they be stuck in dead-end jobs in the barrio?