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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,456 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Mann is only thirteen, yet he has already had to deal with more than most go through in a lifetime. His family is still reeling from the tragic shooting death of his little brother, Jason, each person coping with grief in his or her own way. Mann's mother has stopped eating and is obsessed with preserving Jason's memory, while his father is certain that presenting a hard e ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Jump At The Sun
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Joe
Abandon Alert! This book just did not do it for me, and I'm not sure it would do it for many teenagers either. While I don't think the idea of the book is bad, and perhaps some teens who live in similar situations would enjoy the book more, I just felt like it was too negative and drawn out. It seemed like every other page had the two friends, Mann and Kee-le, physically fighting and then being best friends again. To go with this, it just seemed like parts of the story that could have been two p ...more
Albert Mendez
This book is about a thirteen year old boy and his lil brother got killed sitting on the porch playing wit toy soldiers and this guy came and shot him in his head nw all of his family is sad and angry about this lost. now his dad is tryn to teach him how to survive in the hood he took him to a forest presserve and elling them how to shoot a gun but he is afraid but kee-lee isnt afraid he always wanted to shoot a gun and he did. kee-lee friend moo moo got kiled and his lil brother now this kid na ...more
David Dejesus
In Sharon G. Flake's amazing novel Bang the main character Mann deals with a lot of tragic moments in his lifetime. Recovering from the recent loss of his little brother Jason, Mann and his family are full of grief. Mann's mother is trying to do everything she can in order to keep the memory of Jason from fading away, while Mann's father is trying to get over it. Mann's father also doesn't want Mann to end up like Jason therefore, he does everything he can do in order to make Mann "Man up". And ...more
Krystal Estrada
If you would like to know about how some people had to struggle and try keeping their family together. If yes this book Bang is the perfect book for you. This book is like realistic fiction because it probably did happen. I personally love this book it's just so heart taking and very interesting.
In the book "Bang" their is this boy named Mann and him and his family had to struggle a lot. One of the biggest struggles was when his 7 year old brother got shot on his front porch while playing with
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Lamar Pickett
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Darius Sylvester
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Dear sharon G. flake,
there is a lot of stuff i really liked about your book.One thing i really liked about your book is how realistic you made your book seem.To me i felt like i was watching a movie when i first read your book. I also liked how you explained the details in the book, like the settings, how the characters felt and the thoughts that were going through their mind.
I also liked the way you structered the book because i was able to compare some of the parts with my
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Kelsey
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Brittany..Snooty
From the very first page to the last thisbook grabs your attention and haves you flipping the pages faster then your fingers can function. Not only ws it truely sad buit it was an eye opener to how violence and the death of a single person can efect a family so greatly. I can only imagnie how it feels to lose someone that close and have my family go completely insane and things in my neighborhood to be so chaotic. Something as simple as sitting outside of your home can lead to your death...Not ...more
Reving
Hmm. I love Sharon Flake. Money Hungry, Begging for Change, Who Am I Without Him, You Don't Even Know Me. L-O-V-E her! So I feel terrible about not liking Bang! The thing is, Bang! is a really good book. I just hated it. It was so upsetting. It made me so angry. It was just so sad. Now sometimes I can give a book a rave review anyway, when I agree that it is wonderfully written but it upset me. This time it just upset me so much that I just can't give it a glowing review.
Mann is a young teen gro
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Anna
Oct 25, 2009 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban male teens
Recommended to Anna by: Alfred Tatum (although not personally!)
I decided to read this for a couple of reasons. One, I'm trying to read more YA books by African American writers. Two, I'm trying to find more titles that will engage my African American students, especially the males who are often reluctant/struggling readers. Three, Alfred Tatum describes this as a meaningful and relevant text for African American males in his book, Reading for Their Life, which I am currently reading.

I stopped on page 150. I read this with the same lack of interest that I ha
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Reyzhyne
Bang! That is the sound in Mann's head that replays over and over. Where he lives someone dies everday. Then one day the worst happends. His brother,Jason dies. Every since his little brother was shot and killed he hasn't been the same and his relationship with his dad quickly goes down hill. His dad is still upset about Jason's death and doesn't want to loose another Son. So, he tries out some methods to make Mann and close friend Kee-lee into men. I strongly disagree with his methods because i ...more
Patrick
Yes, it does begin with a bang: "They kill people where I live." Flake introduces the randomness of inner city violence along with the very deliberate attempt on the part of the father of the protagonist (not so subtly named Mann) to toughen up his son. Years after Mann's younger brother is shot dead on his own porch, his father mimics an old African ritual by sending Mann and a friend into the wilderness to prove their manhood. Like most of Flake's work, a strong voice and stronger sense of pla ...more
Randy Florian
The book bang is good book.This book is about a boy named mann and hes going throgh alot in his life.He is struggling and trying to fight the fact that his brother jason died.Mann has a friend named kee lee and kee lee's brother has also died so him and man start smoking weed to forget about it.Mann is getting into fights and bad things because his brothers lost.Manns father thinks he got to be a man and be tough.so he dicides to abandon him and his friend in a place and let them find their way ...more
Wells Williams
Sharon G. Flake’s “Bang!” is a drama filled story full of action and sadness. 13 year old artist, Mann, loved to draw with his best friend Keely and play with his little brother’s soldiers, but that all changed when his brother was killed by a stray bullet during an armed robbery on the street. After his brother’s death, Mann was on a path of destruction. He began to smoke weed. He was suspended from school because of a terrible fight in the classroom. His father eventually came up with a plan t ...more
Tyler Hanson
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Sean
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Samantha
Mann is surrounded by death and violence. His seven-year-old brother is shot to death right on his own porch, making Mann feel afraid and lost. His parents are coming unhinged because of their grief. His family is falling apart. He turns to his friend Keely, who rarely shows up for school and spends much of his time smoking marijuana and painting. Both Keely and Mann have artistic talent, but in the toxic environment that is their neighborhood, there is little hope they'll grow up to be artists. ...more
Sebastian Milligan
Apr 01, 2014 Sebastian Milligan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jalen Robinson, Eve, Natalie, D'Angelo
Shelves: 8th-grade
This book is about 2 Black people who go out to the forest as boys but only 1 comes out as a man. The main character William goes to the forest with his friend Kee- Lee Jones and his dad. His dad is trying to teach his son to learn how to live since everyone is getting shot where they live. His father lives the 2 boys with money a gun and a cell phone but then spent the money, use the battery for the phone. They go to a diner 3 weeks later and get jump by bikers. They then go to Kee- Lee Jones a ...more
Kierra Austin
I think this a really sad book because the little boy got killed
Jacari Lenoir
Mann stays in a terrible neighborhood where the sound "BANG!" Is very familiar around town. Everybody is getting shot for really no reason. For example his little brother, Jason. Since the death of his little brother, Mann's father wants to teach Kee lee and Mann how to be a "man" by sending them out on there own.

What I like about this story is pretty much everything. The story really catches your attention with the events, and the murders that are going on in the book. There are plenty of hints
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Mr. Baad
Nov 02, 2007 Mr. Baad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in family and inner-city issues
This is a good - but disturbing - book. After the shooting death of his little brother, the main character starts to cut school and get involved with drugs. His father tries to shape him up, but his "tough love" stance makes things go from bad to worse. Definitely worth reading.
Christian
I thought that the the book was very realistic, and extraordinary it was a book that teaches many things such as, gratefulness, responsebility, and maybe in some cultures, paitience. The book had some very interesting ideas in which, may have touched many readers. When I read the book I thought to myself, how could someone have so much paitience while having a couple of his loved ones pass away, as if they were being killed in a row. As I went on with reading the book I could see that the main c ...more
Maya Noel
This book is about a boy named Mann and his little, seven year old brother,Jason, was shot when he was playing on the building porch. Mann is taking it hard and his mother is a n=mess but his father is acting like it doesn't affect him when it actual does but since hes the man of the house and hes been in the military he has to stay strong for his family but they don't care if hes strong or not. Mann hasn't been on his front porch ever since that tradgic day, when he came home from school he wou ...more
Kadian Spooner
This book is all about a boy who lost his little brother and by then decision of his father has to live his life on his own. despite what he's all the odds he finds a way to survive.
Sam Calleja

BANG! is about a kid’s life in the ghetto. His name is Mann and he lives with his family in a rough neighborhood. Mann loses his brother, Jason, to a stranger who was armed and shot his little brother. After losing Jason, everybody in the family changes. His mother stops eating and tries to preserve Jason’s Memory. His father becomes angry and tries to teach Mann how to become a man. I believe this book is a three out of five. I give it this rating because it was intriguing but it took a while
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Zharia
This book was about how Mann and his mother and father dealt with the death of his brother. All three of them had different ways of coping. Mann's mother dealt with it by grief while his father tried to forget it all which lead to some anger. But Mann began to cope by painting and riding horses. I disliked the way his father dealt with everything and how he prepared Mann to be a man about his feelings and actions. On the other hand I did enjoy the fact that Mann tried to find other alternatives ...more
Alexa Hidalgo
I gave this book 3 stars because I didn't loved it so much.This book is nice because it teaches us about love of 2 brothers and family.Mann brother Jason was shooted in his house when Mann wasen't their and he left him alone. Mann felt so alone because he just left to his friend house acroos the street and his live change for him and his family because Jason was the only brother of Mann and the little one of the family.Mann loved him so so much because he was the only brother.I recomend this boo ...more
Faris Rassac
Can you have empathy for someone who witnessed their brother die? Have you been through teenage years surrounded by smoke, drugs, and other temptations? Have you ever experienced being in the middle of family corruption? If you answered yes to anyone one of these questions, then you can relate to thirteen year old Mann. Mann is going through all of these and he has no one to turn to as a recourse. Mann is influenced negatively and he begins to smoke and drink. He joyrides and becomes what we wil ...more
Imani Weeks
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Scott Forbes
This YA read was just about as moving as my favorite adult fiction novel, "The Accidental Tourist," by Anne Tyler. It's among my very favorite Young Adult novels now (probably only preceded by Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye."

As I listened to it on CD while commuting to work and back over this past week, it brought me to laughter and tears too many times to really count.

"Bang!" was... inspiring to my imagination in three major ways: 1) It made my passion for contributing to the cause for racial h
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Sharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).


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