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The Resource Scorpions

Scorpions

Label
Scorpions
Title
Scorpions
Statement of responsibility
by Walter Dean Myers
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Scorpions are a gun-toting Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become tragically involved with them in this authentic tale of the sacrifice of innocence and the struggle to steer clear of violence.This Newbery Honor Book will challenge young men to consider their own decisions as they come of age in a complex and often frustrating society.Pushed by a bully to fight and nagged by his principal, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. His home life is not much better, with his mother working her fingers to the bone to try to earn the money for an appeal for Jamal's jailed older brother, Randy.Jamal wants to do the right thing and help earn the money to free his brother by working, but he's afraid to go against the Scorpions. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes.Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, sensitively explores the loyalty and love between friends faced with hard choices. Scorpions is 25 years old, but the issues of poverty and violence make it a timeless powerful read—sadly as relevant as ever
Summary
After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun until a tragedy occurs
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 1989
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079749
Cataloging source
HCO
Index
no index present
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
610
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Scorpions
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:e9d9bf8c-3003-4a28-90c9-dd5bd9a6ba15
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780061975066
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Scorpions
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:e9d9bf8c-3003-4a28-90c9-dd5bd9a6ba15
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780061975066
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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