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Korman, Gordon.
New York : Hyperion, 2008
ISBN 1423101588
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They’re three juvenile offenders: Gecko who drove a getaway car; Terence the tough Chicago gang member and Arjay who’s accused of murder. They’re all doing time in brutal detention centers. Enter Doug Healy, a man who had his own difficult times growing up and is now willing to lend a hand to teens who made mistakes like he did. Doug’s opening a new type of halfway house for a few select juvies. Lucky for Gecko, Terence and Arjay; they’re the ones chosen for this noble experiment. They’re going to get a second chance, even though society and the social worker in charge of them, all think they’re beyond redemption. Doug and the boys live together in an apartment in NYC. They each have distinct personalities and things don’t always go smoothly. A fight breaks out and Doug is accidentally hurt, badly hurt. The boys are scared and anonymously drop an unconscious Doug off at an emergency room. The juvies eventually realize this really is their last chance and they better work together to pull off the appearance of normalcy or they’ll all be back in hellish lockups. Can three kids labeled “no good” follow the rules and make the right choices without any adult supervision? What follows is a fast-paced, exciting story complete with humor, romance, and suspense.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Program, 2009-2010)
SUBJECTS:     Group homes -- Fiction.
                        Juvenile delinquents -- Fiction.
                        Cooperativeness -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.

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