Lois Ruby Skin Deep

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Skin Deep

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An angry teenager is sucked into a gang of neo-Nazis

Dan shows up on his first day at a new school with long blond hair, John Lennon glasses, and a shy grin that makes every girl in the hallway swoon. But he only has eyes for Laurel, who’s in his English class. Laurel stirs feelings in Dan that he never knew existed, and suddenly, he understands love. Soon, he will understand hate as well.
 
When a gang of violent young men invades the annual Halloween party, most of Laurel’s friends stay away. The men are white supremacists with shaved heads, steel-toed boots, and a look in their eyes that says they’re ready to fight. But something in their attitude draws Dan toward them. He’s angry at the world, and these skinheads seem to understand how he feels. As he sinks deeper into their twisted world of hate and rage, Dan risks losing not only Laurel, but also his soul.
 
 

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Lois Ruby is the author of 18 books for middle graders and teens, including Steal Away Home, Miriam’s Well, The Secret of Laurel Oaks, Rebel Spirits, Skin Deep, and The Doll Graveyard. Her fiction runs the gamut from contemporary to historical and from realistic to paranormal. An ex-librarian, Ruby now writes full-time, in addition to speaking to bookish groups, presenting at writing workshops, and touting literacy and the joys of nourishing, thought-provoking reading in schools across the country. Ruby and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

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Grade 8 Up?The challenge of growing up in a fatherless, female-dominated home are not enough to make Dan a skinhead. He can even survive the abrupt move to a cramped apartment in Boulder and to spending his senior year in a strange school, so that his two older sisters can attend the University of Colorado. But, when multiethnic quotas bar him from both making the swim team and from landing a job, Dan's tolerance reaches its limit. Angry and frustrated, he begins to succumb to the seductive, machismo posturing of the local skinheads. He cooperates with them and adopts their dress code, while never truly buying into their racist creed. Not realizing that he has become their pawn, he soon finds himself at the center of a controversy for wearing a swastika emblazoned shirt to school. Dan's eldest sister, an articulate and idealistic law student, steps in to voice her repulsion at the group's philosophy and violent methods, while passionately defending their right to free speech. This dramatic shift of focus introduces some extremely important issues but drops them in midair. Then in a rapid-fire series of events, including the kidnapping of Dan's girlfriend's adopted, Vietnamese brother and the reappearance of Dan's father, the young man comes to see the error of his ways. Ruby has researched her target group well, but the complexities of the skinhead movement as a whole are included in a haphazard way. In addition, this already complicated plot is embellished with some frivolous subplotting, while more significant and interesting characters (most notably a female skin and a wise old tatoo artist) are not fully developed. This novel simply tries to do too much. The scenes with action and suspense are well done and will hold the attention of many teens. Buy this one, but don't forget Jay Bennett's far simpler Skinhead (Watts, 1991).?Margaret Cole, Oceanside Library, NY
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