Reviews for Scorpions


Publishers Weekly Reviews 1996 January #2
PW called this Newbery Honor novel about a 12-year-old caught up in the violence of Harlem gangs "realistic, spare and almost unbearably sad." Ages 12-up. (Jan.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 January
Jamal, who is pressured to become leader of the Scorpions gang, worries about school, family, and the rough kids on the street. When a fellow gang member gives him a gun, Jamal suddenly gains a new level of respect from his enemies. A realistic look at a boy who wants to do the right thing but gets caught up in the culture of violence. A Newbery Honor selection. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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