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Myers, Walter Dean
New York :  HarperTrophy, 1988.
IL 5-8  RL  7.1
ISBN 0064470660
This is the story of a boy named Jamal Hicks.  He lives in Harlem with his mother and sister.  His brother, Randy, was sent to jail after killing someone with two other members from his gang, the Scorpions.  An older boy named Mack, who is Randy's best friend, decides to have Jamal be the leader of the Scorpions and gives him a gun.  Jamal feels power with the gun but he also feels scared and guilty.  "That ain't real" Dwayne said.  "Come on" Jamal said.  There was the taste of blood in his mouth.  "You gonna see its real."  Dwayne didn't move.  Jamal held the gun pointed at Dwayne.  He could hear the sound of his own breathing and Dwayne's even heavier breathing.  "That ain't nothin' but a cap pistol," Dwayne said.  "The Scorpions don't have no fake guns," said Jamal.  "You ain't no Scorpion"  "I'm the leader of the Scorpions."  Will Jamal make the right choice?  Read SCORPIONS by Walter Dean Myers to find out.  (Jim F., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire)
SUBJECTS:     Gangs -- Fiction
                        African Americans -- Fiction
                        Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction


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