(shelved in Teen)
Michael Kerrigan is almost too good to be true. He’s a dedicated athlete, captain of the track team, editorial assistant at the local newspaper, and he’s never been in trouble. Until the day the school does a random drug search of lockers, and they find 4 joints in his locker. But the authorities aren’t interested in Michael, and they want him to give up someone else – the person who put those drugs in there, a drug dealer. And so Michael finds himself with a difficult choice to make. He can give up his troublemaker friend Joey, who put the drugs there, and go back to his great life – graduate and go to college. But it’s not as easy as that. For one thing, he feels like he owes Joey – after all, when they were kids, his friend took all the blame for something they both did. As a result, Joey was beaten by his abusive parents. Michael knows if he turns Joey in, his parents will probably beat him even worse this time, and Joey is already a kid that people think has no future. But if Michael takes the blame, he’ll be expelled and he’s 18 (which means he’d be punished as an adult). It takes just one good punch to bring a guy down. What would you do?