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Preview — Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers
Lately everybody's messing with Jamal. His teachers, the kids at school, even his dad. And now that Jamal's brother Randy's in the slam, Crazy Mack has a crazy idea. He wants Jamal to take control of the Scorpions and run crack.
All the gang jiveJamal has no use for it. Unless, like some say, it's the only way to cop the bread for Randy's appeal...
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It wasn't until re-reading a few sections over again, over the phone with this young student's summer reader, that Myers hits you. If you read too quickly you miss some great moments from his seemingly subconscious rhyming within several different characters' dialogues. He perfects this in later novels, but it is still amazing how these little gems help construct their col ...more
The book was really good because it really relates to what is happening on the streets today because kids are having to make life changing actions in a split second and having to deal with a bullys. That co ...more
Scorpions is an a ...more
""That ain't nothing but a cap pistol," Dwayne said. The Scorpions don't have no fake guns,' Jamal said. "You ain't no Scorpion." "I'm the leader of the Scorpions."" Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers is a very good book of a boy named Jamal that has to deal with the Scorpions, Dwayne and the fact that his brother is in prison.
This book display's a boy who lives with his mama and sister Sassy. Jamal' also has a brother which went to prison because he was the leader of the Scorpions and took the bl ...more
The setting takes place Harlem that's where they run try their drug dealing. The main character is ...more
The Scorpions is a tough Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become involved in this gang from the sins of his older brother. Pushed to his limits by a bully named Dwayne , and being told everyday by his principle Mr. Davidson that he won't amount to anything and will only end up dead or in a prison , Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school, and stayi ...more
Jamal es un niño tan humilde y se siente tan diminuto en el mundo que querrás ayudarlo y protegerlo. Todos lo tratan mal desde sus profesores hasta sus compañeros aunque afortunadamente su familia y Tito, su mejor amigo, siempre están ahí para él.
Jamal y Tito comparten una hermosa amistad que es fuerte y casi indestructible. Son adolescentes y por cosas del destino se meten en problemas que ponen a pr ...more
One of the toughest parts of writing for teens and young adults is capturing the language and moods and atmosphere of being a kid. And the highlight of this book was just how well Myers captured the "culture" of twelve. The dialog was authentic without having to lean on slang too heavily and the general attitudes of Jamal and Tito rang very true. As did their friendship which was the heart and backbone of the story. This is the kind of book that will get reluctant readers t ...more
VOYA Book Review Codes ~ Quality 3Q; Popularity 4P; Grade Level Interest J, S
Developmental Assets: 12,28,32
This is a fast paced book dealing with family, friendship, diversity, high school and prison all intertwined with a gang - the Scorpions. The main character, Jamal, faces decisions regarding good vs. evil at every turn in this book. Despite the pressure to head the Scorpions until his older brother's release from prison, Jamal decides it is not worth the price h ...more
I can relate to Jama ...more
Jamal has a brother and he goes to jail because he was bl ...more
Then, Jamal is approached by Mack, one of his brother’s gang bud ...more
I really liked this book. I thought Jamal was a great protagonist ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.
After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi ...more