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Blood Is Thicker (Bluford High #8)

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Hakeem Randall can't take it anymore. First he learns that his father is sick and that his parents can no longer afford their home. Then he finds out he has to leave his friends at Bluford High and move in with his uncle in faraway Detroit--where he has to share a bedroom with his moody, secretive cousin Savon. Once childhood friends, he and Savon have since grown apart--a ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Townsend Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Shawtylowelch
Jan 07, 2009 Shawtylowelch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book talks about Hakeem moving away to Detroit. When Hakeem moves to Detroit he breaks up with his girlfriend Darcy. This book is about Hakeem and his cousin Savon having problems. Hakeem thinks that Savon is some kind of gang. Savon's parents also think that something is going on with Savon. Hakeem wants to find out what is going on with Savon so he tries to talk with him, but Savon is always gettig mad at Hakeem. While Hakeem is in Detroit he also mee...more Book Report
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Joceline
Feb 27, 2009 Joceline rated it liked it
I have just read the first chapter of the book and I have already the desire to know the end of the story. +
money swagg
i just got finish reading blood is thicker. and it was a great book.it was about a boy who name is hakeem.and his parents had to move to detroit from california.so hakeem had live there with his aunt and uncle and there son savon .so there had been problem in the neighborhood.so hakeem thought it was savon but because savon had been leave the house late at night hakeem was thinking it was him so.then one night hakeem had sneak out the house we savon had so hakeem follow him and.savon had went to ...more
Kaylin Colombani
Nov 04, 2009 Kaylin Colombani rated it it was amazing
I love this book because It was talking about 3 people and what happen In there life The reason I like this book because It was talking about 2 boys and one of the boys wanted to make the other boy go out with Dracy but she did want to so that was when she said you just messed up are friend ship really bad and it took me a long time to be hakens friend. But after all of that she said you know something i really do like him you were right but i just did want to say anything because i was scared t ...more
Lynnika
Dec 02, 2010 Lynnika rated it it was amazing
This book is a boy that has moved with his dad to go live with his cousins. So far he likes it their when he meets a girl that likes him. But little you know, the girl is his cousins girlfriend. He is very over protective of her too.


THIS BOOK IS THE BEST!!!! I wonder why I love this book so much? The people in this book, I can relate to the people he has to do things he dont want to do but, he does it. In my point of view, I understand what he is going through.
Jocelyn
Dec 27, 2008 Jocelyn is currently reading it
that u need to control anger and to tell what ever u see cause u never know
VANCE!!!!!!! Porter
Oct 22, 2015 VANCE!!!!!!! Porter rated it it was amazing

Personal Response: I think it was an interesting book to read. At the beginning of the book Hakeem and his family move to Detroit because of his dad's cancer. I think it was a jerk move to be mean like Savon was to Hakeem cause he was in a time of need, Hakeem didn't move there because he wanted to. Hakeem was so sad that he lost Darcy. I thought it was going to take him longer to find another girl, but as soon as he met Anika, Darcy was set in his past.

Plot: The book starts out with Hakeem and
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Blakelynnorwood611 Norwood
What kept me reading this book was how the detail was that the author put into every page. It felt like I was actually inside of the book. The way the author wrote kept me interested the whole time I was reading. Also I could relate with the character’s with the problems the dealt with throughout the book. The book was very dramatic; every page had a new twist to it. I thought that it was interesting to keep reading it never got boring. My favorite line from the book came from the dad at the beg ...more
Michelle
Feb 09, 2017 Michelle rated it liked it
My students have been enjoying the Bluford Series books that I keep in my classroom for years. Students get hooked and read book after book after book. I've never been much interested in them, but when I assigned this one as an independent read, I thought I'd better read it, too. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

I'm eternally grateful for this series for turning so many of my students on to reading!
Alejandro72
Jan 20, 2011 Alejandro72 rated it really liked it
This is about a boy named Hakeem who has moved to Detroit because the economy was getting bad and Hakeem's dad could get a better job over at Detroit. He then has to leave his girlfriend Darcy. When he was on his way to Detroit he was remember about his cousin Savon, who was his also his bestfriend back then when he lived in Detroit. Savon back then was so called thick. Now his parents and uncles say he's buff and stronger now. When they get to there uncle's house in Detroit, Hakeem finds out th ...more
Eric
Mar 19, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it

So The book i’m going to talk about is the same book i read last time it’s called blood is thicker. If you already know the book and read it. you maybe know the whole ropes what i mean is you know whats going on in this book. So Blood is thick is maybe if i remeber is the 8th book of the blueford serious.so the book is about 2 kids and thier cousins but the main character is Hakeen and his dad has cancer so him and his famliy go detriot to stay with Hakeen’s cousin Savon. So him and Hakeen haven
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Dan Tews
Jan 14, 2014 Dan Tews rated it really liked it

“Blood Is Thicker” is about a boy named Hakeem from California, who had to move to Detroit, Texas because his dad got a severe case of cancer. When the family had to move they could not afford to take all of their things with them. Hakeem left all of his friends back in California, including his girlfriend. When Hakeem got to Detroit, Texas he did not have any friends. The only people he knew where his aunt, uncle and his cousin Savon. Hakeem and Savon did not get along very well, because Hakeem
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Issac
Jan 09, 2015 Issac rated it it was amazing
I just read “Blood is Thicker”, and I thought that it was fantastic. Some parts of it I can really relate to the way Hakeem and Savon used music to get away from everything in their lives. As if the stress and commotion with Hakeem and his family moving in from California. I feel like the author did a great job on really getting in depth on the events of the story. Though there are a lot of small events, the author really goes into them with detail.

Some major events that had taken place were whe
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Denise
Oct 14, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing
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Blood is thicker by Paul Langan is a good book. If u guess by looking at the title blood is thicker you could probably think it has something to do with family, and it does this book is about Family trying hard to make it through some bad that has occurred. This book is set around Hakeem and his family and the issues they are having. The main characters in this book are: Hakeem, his dad, Savon (that’s a new one for you Savon is Hakeem’s cousin), Anika (another unexpected person Anika is someone ...more
Aaron_ebert
Oct 01, 2013 Aaron_ebert rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Aaron_ebert by: I found it in the library
Shelves: young-adult, fiction

"Blood is Thicker" by Paul Langan is a book about a young man named Hakeem who is riddled with family issues. Hakeem's father has recently been diagnosed with cancer and has been undergoing treatments for several months. The family could no longer pay their bills and were forced to move to Detroit to live with Hakeem's Uncle James. Hakeem and his cousin Savon used to have a good relationship when they were younger, but since the move to Detroit, Savon has been giving Hakeem the cold shoulder. S
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Daniel
Mar 05, 2017 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Just when Hakeem thought his life would be a normal teenage life, his whole world turned upside down. Finding out that his dad has fallen with a life threatening disease and because of the disease his father had to quit his job. Finding out that because of his father’s absence of work they are not making enough income to keep paying off the house, which is forcing them to move houses. Finding out that he was leaving his whole life behind including friends, family, and schools. Hakeem had no ide ...more
Ihoodpr
Sep 21, 2011 Ihoodpr rated it it was amazing
My first book report is on the book Blood is thicker, by Paul Langan.
the book was established in 2004 by townsend press,its a book based on Family Troubles.
This Book Has 256 Padges,and may take a little to as much as 2 Days to Fully read it.
Some Of The Main Characters Are Hakeen,Savan,Hakeedms Dad,Hakeems Mom,Savons Mom ,And Dad,And Anika.
The Settings are Hakeems Old House In Cali,Blueford High,Haakeems Uncles house,and Job,Laundrymat,And Night Club(where Savon Was Rapping).

Setting Is At Hak
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Shiane Bianca
Oct 15, 2012 Shiane Bianca rated it it was amazing
Blood Is Thicker !
The Bluford Series are very good books and today I am going to be telling you about Blood Is Thicker . Now Blood Is Thicker is a very deep book you can end up crying or laughing .There are a lot of characters , themes , conflicts , climaxes , symbols , metaphors , and similies .

You might know the character Hakeem Randall From the book Lost And Found and that's another Bluford Series Book . Hakeem is a very smart boy and he is Darcy's boyfriend this story takes place in Detroit
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Regino Leon
May 05, 2014 Regino Leon rated it really liked it
Blood is Thicker
In the beginning Hakeem is breaking up with Darcey and is heading to Detroit because his father who couldn't pay the bills with his cancer. They moved in with his uncle James and his cousin Savon. He hated the place and he wasn't on good terms with his cousin Savon. Savon would tease him a lot which made Hakeem wonder why he hated him. Then he over heard about Savons plans on Friday but couldn't hear what they were doing on Friday. The next morning Hakeem was then put to work at
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Jennifer Veliz
Jan 19, 2011 Jennifer Veliz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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John Jorgensen
Dec 01, 2014 John Jorgensen rated it liked it

I thought this book was good. The way the author told the story, he did a good job getting the point across to the reader. (me)


Plot: Hakeem and his family are unsure what to do when Hakeem’s father gets ill. After his father makes the decision to move to Detroit, to live with Uncle James, the family has to say goodbye to all their friends. Hakeem says goodbye to his girlfriend and all of his friends. After moving to Detroit with Uncle James, Hakeem starts hanging out with his cousin, Savon. Goin
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Norberto Leyva
Oct 25, 2013 Norberto Leyva rated it it was amazing
Hakeem Randall moves to Detroit because his father is sick and they need to live with family to afford. When they get there, Hakeem meets his cousin, Savon who has changed physically since the last time they saw each other. Savon attitude seems to change as well. Hakeem notices he leaves a lot and returns with money and jewelry. Hakeem plays the guitar and meets a beautiful girl. Savon is jealous by the relationship. Hakeem believes Savon is responsible for a break in near his father’s business. ...more
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Oct 09, 2008 Gυαdαℓυρє rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yannibeth Granados
Recommended to Gυαdαℓυρє by: Marina ayala
Book Report
This book talks about Hakeem moving away to Detroit. When Hakeem moves to Detroit he breaks up with his girlfriend Darcy. This book is about Hakeem and his cousin Savon having problems. Hakeem thinks that Savon is some kind of gang. Savon's parents also think that something is going on with Savon. Hakeem wants to find out what is going on with Savon so he tries to talk with him, but Savon is always gettig mad at Hakeem. While Hakeem is in Detroit he also meets Anika, Hakeem thinks h
...more
Aliyah
Sep 28, 2010 Aliyah rated it it was amazing
in this book Hakeem go threw alot like moving from his home town Califonia to Dretroit because his dad had cancer but they moved out there because, his dad could not afford the house that they used to live in. Hakeem is mad at the fact he head to leave his friends, his school, and most of all his girlfriend he dated for six months, he also broke up with her so they didnt have to have a long distance relationship. Hakeem thought once he moved to Detroit it would at least be a litle good being tha ...more
Nico Gonzalez
Mar 24, 2015 Nico Gonzalez rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of drama an intense scenes. This book has interested me because of the struggle that Hakeem Randall had to go threw. The boy was told that his father is sick. Which they his dad couldn't work no more and they could no longer afford to pay there bills and that he has to make the best of it. so he had to move away from their parents house and move in with his uncle in Detroit Michigan. There the things that we're bad went out to be the worst to him. He was told that he had to s ...more
Maycee Wilson
I read Blood Is Thicker by Paul Langan. I liked this book because I never really got bored reading it I always wanted to keep reading. The main characters are Hakeem, his two little sisters, his parents, and Savon & his parents. The main conflict was that Hakeems dad had almost gotten cancer so they lost a lot of money. When they lost all that money they had to mover from California to Detroit with there cousins. Hakeem and his family haven't seen his cousins sine he was little. So when Hake ...more
Aaron Schroeder
Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Schroeder rated it liked it
In the book, "Blood is Thicker" by Paul Langan, the main character Hakeem has a father who becomes ill. Hakeem and his family are forced to move to their cousin's house because they can no longer afford their home. He then is forced to share a bedroom with his angry and sly cousin. Hakeem must pick up his cousin's slack around the house and at the family business. Hakeem becomes curious of his cousin and one night he decides to follow him. This night would change his life forever. This book is f ...more
Ruben Romero
Sep 13, 2013 Ruben Romero rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I would have say that this was one of the best books that I had ever read before. I like the way that they fight,but they forgive each other because they are family. I really enjoyed his life style he had living with his cousin Savon. I just think that alot of people will enjoy this book because it is a life lesson.
Raul Zea
Oct 24, 2014 Raul Zea rated it really liked it
The blood is thicker
five men so mad fight one girl. Only four man flash and one go away at home. Only three men flash and one go away at home.Only two men flash and one men go away at home.Only two men flash and one men go away at home and one men with girl.
Bryan Rodriguez
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