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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 in the inner city.

Lately everybody’s messing with Jamal. Pushed by the bully, Dwayne, to fight and nagged by the principal, Mr. Davidson, 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 older brother, Randy, who is in jail. The leader of the Scorpions, Randy wants Jamal to take his place until he is free—but the other gang members, especially Angel and Indian, don’t like the idea. Only Mack thinks Jamal should be the leader, and it is Mack who gets Jamal a gun.

After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun—until a tragedy occurs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Myers constructs a scene and plot which are very believable and frightening to contemplate.”

    The Horn Book

  • “A book honored for its honesty, realism, and vitality.”

    Newbery Award Committee

  • “A realistic, spare, and almost unbearably sad story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A realistic look at a boy who wants to do the right thing but gets caught up in the culture of violence.”

    School Library Journal

  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book for Children
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 1989 New York Public Library Book for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kyle | 1/28/2014

    " I thought this was a great book about the ghotto. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tommyg | 1/15/2014

    " If you are into Realistic Young ADULT books then I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisbeth Solberg | 12/27/2013

    " My first reaction was lukewarm, but then I read it with my students and they enjoyed it so much that my appreciation deepened, especially for the humor and dialogue. It took me another read to catch the metaphor in the title. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rory M. | 9/14/2013

    " A cautionary tale and more yet more than that. What happens when a gun falls into the hands of a scared 12 year old and his best friend living in Harlem? Myers' book explores a youth succumbing to his life circumstances and being victimized in most ways by the system. Jamal's youthful naivety make it hard to believe him a bad person, however, can we have hope for his future? "

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