Team Seven

A Novel
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Product Number: Z100101315
Released: Aug 10, 2015
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ISBN: #9781629236438
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In contemporary American fiction there are very few examples of novels that have portrayed the realities of black inner-city life with honesty, empathy, and storytelling skills. Into that near-vacuum steps Marcus Burke and his first novel, Team Seven-a literarily accomplished, autobiographically tinged coming-of-age family drama with an undeniably authentic feel for place, language, and character. As Andre Battel, a native of Milton, a town south of Boston, ages from age eight through his teenage years, he grows away from his Jamaican family, discovers genuine prowess on the basketball court, and eventually falls into dealing drugs for the local street gang, Team Seven. But when Andre and his crew fall behind on payments, dire and violent consequences await. The story is told primarily through Andre's voice, but we also see the point of view of his mother, Ruby, a hardworking medical secretary; his older sister, Nina; his mostly-not-there and typically drunk-and-high father, Eddy, a halfhearted reggae musician; and Reggie and Smoke, the kingpin of competing drug crews. What emerges is a rich portrait of a black family, a black community, and one young man poised between youthful innocence and ambiguous experience.

Author(s): Marcus Burke
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900


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Team Seven
Product Number: BX00045706
Product Number:DD13053
Product Number:Z100101315

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Author(s): Marcus Burke
Product Number DD13053
Released: May 13, 2014
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ISBN: #9781629236414
Author(s): Marcus Burke
Product Number EB00157038
Released: Apr 08, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385537803

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"Listening to these narrators is like listening to neighbors talk about whatOs happening on the block. This coming-of-age story about a black inner-city family from Massachusetts takes the listener on a dramatic journey seen through the eyes of the teenaged Andre and the people that impact his life. Narrators Arnell Powell, Simone Cook, and James Shippy convey an urgency that fits the charactersO circumstances. When members from a local gang speak, their tone is raw, while AndreOs character is both tough and vulnerable. As he gets more involved in gang-related activities, his voice becomes brasher. There are moments when itOs hard to differentiate the male narratorsO voices, but the story unfolds with intensity and excitement. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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