Paperback - 2007
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Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont : PUSH, 2007.
ISBN: 9780439838801
Characteristics: 310 pages ;,19 cm.


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Jun 10, 2015

this book is a very good book

Aug 21, 2014

Very relatable to the kids in the inner city!!

Jul 18, 2014

can be rlated to very well by kids in the inner city.

this book was really good

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

This book is definitely a good choice for reluctant readers -- it speaks to a demographic that isn't often represented in books. Tyrell's world is harder and bleaker than most middle class people like me would like to imagine. The characters are complex people trying to do their best, but making mistakes they can't afford to make. The book ends ambiguously as well, leaving the reader questioning whether Tyrell is better off or worse.

Lowkeyy_Bri Jan 04, 2013

This Book Is So Great I Think More People Should Read This!!!!

shuny Jul 20, 2012

I think Tyrell was too young to deal with the things he had to deal with such as being a dj like his father was. Too Tyrell that was his only way of making money and getting his family out the shelter. The sad part was when they took Tyrell's little brother Troy and it's sad how the mother didn't play her part as a mother.

Apr 23, 2012

Tyrell might not have all the answers, but he knows he doesn't want to wind up in jail like his dad. Having a father in prison isn't Tyrell's only problem. He and his family have been evicted from their apartment and are living in a shelter. Since his mother is incapable of taking care of anyone other than herself, Tyrell must watch over his younger brother, Troy, AND find a way to make enough money to take care of his family. On top of all this, Tyrell is having problems with his girlfriend and is haunted by fears of losing Troy to foster care. Tyrell knows that he needs to do something to help his family, but he is running out of options and time. He has no choice but to try and make one big score that will get his family off the street and back into a proper home.

This novel is a gripping, very realistic read. It is told through the first-person perspective, in the voice of a fifteen year old who is forced to make very difficult adult decisions. This novel does a good job of presenting many difficult or controversial subjects, like domestic abuse, sex and homelessness, without preaching to the reader. Tyrell is a deeply reflective character and helps the reader to understand why people act certain ways in certain situations, even when these actions might be distasteful. Readers should be aware that this novel contains some explicit language and references to sex, alcohol, drugs and violence. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

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Valerielew15 Jul 20, 2013

Valerielew15 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Lowkeyy_Bri Jan 04, 2013

Lowkeyy_Bri thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

shuny Jul 20, 2012

shuny thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Tyrell's life is tough. His father is in prison and his mother expects him to take care of the family -- by whatever means necessary. When they get kicked out of their apartment and have to live in a temporary shelter filled with roaches, will Tyrell be able to keep his family, and his relationship with his girlfriend, from falling apart?

shuny Jul 20, 2012

Tyrell and his family were homeless..living in a shelter taking place in the bronx. Tyrell's mother doesnt play her part as a mother. Tyrell takes care of his little brother Troy.Tyrell wants to get his family out of the shelter so, he do what his father do which is djing but, he also dont want to go to jail.


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