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Curtis, Christopher Paul.
New York : Wendy Lamb, 2004.
ISBN 0385901593
Luther T. Farrell  is probably the only 15 year old in Flint, Michigan with a driver's license, credit cards, and a $92,000 college fund.  His moms, The Sarge, has pulled a few strings and now Luther has a license that says he is 18 and a certified driver.   As much as The Sarge claims she is doing these things for Luther, it is becoming more and more obvious that it is all for her benefit.  You see, The Sarge is the owner of several group homes in Flint.  And Luther has been managing the Happy Neighborhood Group Home for Men since he was 13.  Since Luther has a driver's license, The Sarge doesn't need to hire someone to drive the men to their appointments.  Luther is pretty much in charge of everything that goes on with the men.  This is a big responsibility but one the Luther is used to.  In truth, he would rather be working on his science project and other school work.  He has won the science fair two years in a row and really wants a three-peat.  He also wants to go to a good college and become a philosopher.  But he knows that whatever The Sarge says goes.  She is a very powerful person in Flint.  In addition to the group homes, The Sarge also owns lots of rental properties.  Some might even call her a slum landlord.  Some have called her a loan shark.
SUBJECTS:    Business enterprises -- Fiction.
                        Fraud -- Fiction.
                        Group homes -- Fiction.
                        Mothers -- Fiction.
                        People with mental disabilities -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Flint (Mich.) -- Fiction.


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