Scorpions

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 05/28/2013

Scorpions

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 05/28/2013

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ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

ALA Notable Children’s Book

ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Newbery Honor Book

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Library of Congress Children’s Books

IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice

About the Book

The Scorpions are a gun-toting Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become tragically involved with them in this authentic tale of the sacrifice of innocence and the struggle to steer clear of violence.

This Newbery Honor Book will challenge young men to consider their own decisions as they come of age in a complex and often frustrating society.

Pushed by a bully to fight and nagged by his principal, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. His home life is not much better, with his mother working her fingers to the bone to try to earn the money for an appeal for Jamal's jailed older brother, Randy.

Jamal wants to do the right thing and help earn the money to free his brother by working, but he's afraid to go against the Scorpions. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes.

Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, sensitively explores the loyalty and love between friends faced with hard choices. Scorpions is 25 years old, but the issues of poverty and violence make it a timeless powerful read—sadly as relevant as ever.

This special twenty-fifth anniversary edition contains the original Scorpions novel, plus an extra Q&A with New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers—including questions about juvenile detention facilities, gang life today, and friendship.

Also included are a sneak peek at Kick, by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman, and an excerpt from Myers's New York Times bestselling novel Monster.

Educator and Librarian Resources

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780064470667
  • ISBN 10: 0064470660
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 05/28/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price:10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty

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