Scorpions

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Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Genre: Ya Fiction
Original Publish Date: Mar 03, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.35 hours)
Product Number: Z100116483
Released: Apr 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780061782114
Narrator/s: Peter Francis James
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Description

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 readA??sadly as relevant as ever.

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Narrator(s): Peter Francis James
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number C1791
Released: Oct 04, 2002
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402523359
MP3 CD
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Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Narrator(s): Peter Francis James
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number MP221
Released: Nov 29, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781456119423
eBook
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Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number EB00298220
Released: Apr 21, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: #9780061975066
Text
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Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Genre: Ya Fiction
Product Number 12722
Released: Jan 14, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780064470667

Professional reviews

"In a voice of despair and deep longing, Peter Francis James reads the story of Jamal, trapped in the ghetto and faced with a challenge too immense for any 12-year-old. Jamal must decide whether to assume leadership of his brother's gang, the Scorpions, after Randy is imprisoned for murder. Third-person narration in James's rich, resonant voice contrasts with the contentious whine of 8-year-old sister Sassy; the half-beaten regret of Mama, old beyond her years; the gentle concern of Jamal's best friend, Tito; the surly self-assurance of Jamal's classmates; the drugged-out haziness of Randy's ace, Mack; and the relentless disdain of Davidson, the principal who does not even pretend respect for a child in crisis. The dark fates of children trapped by circumstance reverberate in this masterful performance of the Newbery Honor title. T.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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