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by Coe Booth

Tyrell is a fifteen-year-old, 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?

* "This is a thrilling, fast-paced novel whose strong plot and array of vivid, well-developed characters take readers on an unforgettable journey through the gritty streets of New York City's South Bronx." — School Library Journal, starred review

"Booth clearly understands how teens living on the edge - in shelters, in projects, on the street - live, talk and survive. It's the slick street language of these tough but lovable characters and her gritty landscapes that will capture the interests of urban fiction fans." — Kirkus Reviews

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Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Young Adult

About the Author

Coe Booth Coe Booth is the author of Tyrell, which won the LA Times Book Prize for Best Young Adult Novel. Her latest novel is Bronxwood.

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