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We could be brothers
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In after-school detention for the first time, high-achiever Robeson meets and bonds with a fellow eighth-grader, tough Pacino, who hides his good grades and laughs at Robeson's geeky ways. They both hate their gangster classmate, Tariq, who threatens them, and tension mounts as they begin to wonder if Tariq has a gun. Weaving together the very different lives of three African American kids at school and home in their Kansas town, this fast-paced novel will grab readers with its anger, humor, and tenderness. Pacino has never seen his dad, and with his brother in prison, he cares for his little sisters while his mom works two jobs. In total contrast, Robeson lives in a huge, fancy house, while Tariq, shuttled between group homes, has almost nothing. Despite the many confrontations, there is no obscenity; in fact, Robeson is passionately against blacks using the n-word. The messages are occasionally heavy, and Pacino speaks for the reader when he tells Robeson to quit quoting his perfect dad. Still, even reluctant readers will be swept up in this contemporary teen drama.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist
Robeson "Crease" Battlefield gets his nickname from his iron-pressed pants. For Pacino Clapton, pants-and live- are rougher than the asphalt streets where he hangs most days. When the boys meet up in the underworld of Mr. Patt's PSS (Post School Suspension), they're quck to see that clean-and-tidy don't mix with grit. But hey-even opposites can find something in common. And for Crease and Pacino, that "something" is a kid named Tariq, the reason both of them have been forced to take the long walk down the infamous "Bermuda Hallway" to serve time in detention at Alain Locke Junior High. With piercing insight and humor, We Could Be Brothers dellivers an engaging portrayal of urban life and offers a powerful look at how the differences among three boys change them forever.
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