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The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
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Mar 24, 2010

really liked it

A gripping, tersely narrated YA novel set in the projects of the Bronx. One part hope, one part despair, one part post traumatic stress. Mika is hearing impaired and lives with her mom and "grandmom" in an apartment in the projects. She's an artist who befriends an young woman recently arrived from Africa. Fatima has immigrated illegally from an unnamed country and is hoping to bring her sister to the US. Her perspective looks only at the benefits and opportunities in her new home vs. the wartorn home she left. She is also an artist adept at folding newspaper into many shapes. Jimmi Sixies is a recently returned Vet who can't shake what he experienced. Well written with plenty of street talk in the dialogue. ”
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