Scorpions

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Scorpions
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8+
Release Date
June 20, 1988
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0064406237
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Bad Trouble

Lately everybody's messing with Jamal. His teachers, the kids at school, even his dad. And now that Jamal's brother Randy's in the slam, Crazy Mack has a crazy idea. He wants Jamal to take control of the Scorpions and run crack.

All the gang jive--Jamal has no use for it. Unless, like some say, it's the only way to cop the bread for Randy's appeal...

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.

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life in harlem i guess
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Reader reviewed by peacechik

this book was really interesting because, the boys in here seemed so innocent...too innocent to be in a gang. this book showed how even young people lik myself are caught up in bad situations.

this boy is a "troublemaker" in school and he never turns his homework in. he has a problem with this bully as well as the fact his brother is in jail and he and his family are trying to get an appeal for him. The main character(i cant think of his name) gets a message from his brother in jail that he wants him to lead the gang he was leader of. Jamal(i remember his name now) isnt sure what to do but decides to do what his brother says and with his best friend, tito, goes meets with one of his brother's friends who gives him a gun. the rest of the story really deals with jamal's guilt about having a gun in the 1st place and him threatening people with it including his bully. the book ends slightly tragically but if u want to know more u better read the book. :)
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Scorpions is a great read
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Reader reviewed by Alex C.


The book Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers is a realistic fiction. It is set in the early 90s in a large city with gangs, drugs and violence. The main character is a 12 year old African-American boy named Jamal. The basic plot is that Jamal has to get 1,000 dollars for his brothers appeal in court. He and his best friend Tito get a gun and Jamal is pressured to become the leader of his brothers gang, the Scorpions. Jamal doesnt want anything to do with them, but it seems he doesnt have a choice.
Jamal has to deal with his brothers gang problem, and thats when his problems seem to get much worse. You can tell that the characters dont speak proper English. This sentence is a perfect example, They say they want to vote for a new leader, but I told them Randy say you was the new leader. I loved the part where Jamal and Tito try to hide a gun from Jamals mom and Titos Grandmother.
Jamal lives with his mom and his sister. His brother, Randy, is in jail. Jamals dad moved away when he was younger. Jamal only has one friend named Tito. Tito is Porto Rican. They have been friends for a very long time. At school Jamal has to deal with a bully who teases him for being poor. Jamal wants to earn 1,000 dollars for Randys appeal at court. Crazy Mac, Randys war lord wants Jamal to be the leader of Randys gang the Scorpions, but Jamal doesnt want to have anything to do with them. Mac wants him to run crack to earn the 1,000 dollars and Jamal doesnt have much of a choice. The story is a well written 3rd person point of view.
I really liked Scorpions and it is a great easy read. I could really connect with the main character, because it seamed so realistic. The book is very intense, and its very hard to put it down. This book is easily the easiest book to believe that Ive ever read. I find it easy to believe because the characters and situations are the same that are in real life. I think its a great book and anyone looking for a good read should read it.
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