Lately everybody's messing with Jamal. His teachers, the kids at school, even his dad. And now that Jamal's brother Randy's in the slam, Crazy Mack has a crazy idea. He wants Jamal to take control of the Scorpions and run crack. All the gang jive--Jamal has no use for it. Unless, like some say, it's the only wa... more »y to cop the bread for Randy's appeal... The story of twelve-year-old Jamal, whose life changes drastically when he acquires a gun. Though he survives the experience, it's not without sacrificing his innocence and possibly his relationship with his best friend. 1989 Newbery Honor Book
Notable Children's Books of 1988 (ALA)
1988 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1989 Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (ALA)
Backcover: Jamal Hicks is having a hard time in school, what with Dwayne always pushing him to fight and the principal, Mr. Davidson, always on his case. He has a tough time at home, too, worring about how hard Mama works and trying to get money for an appeal for Randy, his older brother, who is in jail. And he has a hard time on the street, with the Scorpions.
Randy was the leader of the Scorpions, and he wants Jamal to take his place until he gets out, but the Scorpions, especially Angel and Indian, don't like the idea very much. The only one who likes it is Mack. It's Mack who gives Jamal the gun.....