A realistic portrayal of life in the inner-city projects of America, where daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school, but his family is starving - should he join a gang to bring in some money? Ages: 14+
Todd Strasser is the author of more than 120 novels for young adults and middle graders. He lives in a suburb of New York. Visit him online at www.toddstrasser.com.