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)
The USA Through Children's Books 1990 (ALA)
Young Adult Choices for 1990 (IRA)
1989 Judy Lopez Children's Books Award, Honorable Mention
Children's Books of 1988 (Library of Congress)
1989 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
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Now with extra material to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scorpions!
Everyone is getting on Jamal's case. The kids at school are bugging him, his teachers won't leave him alone, and the principal's always giving him a hard time. Even his mama yells at him, upset because Jamal's brother, Randy, is in jail. The only person he can count on now is his best friend, Tito.
But Crazy Mack wants Jamal to take over as the Scorpions' leader and run crack. Jamal doesn't want anything to do with gang life, but he doesn't have a choice—it's the only way to get money for Randy's appeal. And as long as he's got Tito on his side, Jamal knows everything will be okay. . . .
When it was first published in 1988, Scorpions blew readers away. It continues to do so today. This special 25th anniversary edition contains the original Scorpions story, plus an extra Q&A with New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers.About the Author:
Walter Dean Myers is the renowned author of Autobiography of my Dead Brother; Shooter, a Children's Book Sense Summer Pick; Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; The Dream Bearer; Handbook for Boys: A Novel; Bad Boy: A Memoir; and the Newbery Honor Books Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness. He wrote The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage; Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi; I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly, both illustrated by Leonard Jenkins; and the Caldecott Honor Book Harlem and Blues Journey, both illustrated by Christopher Myers. He makes frequent appearances with the National Basketball Association's "Read to Achieve" program. Mr. Myers lives with his family in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800602436471.0
Book Description Amistad, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060243643