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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,855 Ratings  ·  297 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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Dylan Lee 이지성 (Minor Spoiling) It is about a boy that has a dad that sent the boy (Mann) and his friends out in the wild because he wants to see how though Mann is.…more(Minor Spoiling) It is about a boy that has a dad that sent the boy (Mann) and his friends out in the wild because he wants to see how though Mann is.

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Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 60626-ya
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
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
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Lisandro Padron
The book was about a boy named Mann who's family wasn't the same after his little brother was shot and killed for no reason. Mann's dad thinks he's being a "sissy girl" for crying and not standing up for himself. He goes on a camping trip with his dad and his friend Kee-lee and one night his dad leaves them there. They have to make their way back home on foot, despite all the problems they come across. After Mann doesn't return home and lives by himself for a couple months, his dad, who was kick ...more
Krystal Estrada
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Darius Sylvester
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Creative Rsponse
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
Oct 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Lamar Pickett
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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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
David Dejesus
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
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
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelist-reviews
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
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 he dicides to abandon him and his friend in a place and let them find their way ...more
Mrs. Joseph
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love this author but the subject matter of this book was extremely depressing and hard to read. A young adult name Mann struggles to survive in his neighborhood filled with violence. He experiences so much loss that both him and his family aren't sure what to do. His dad comes up with a very risky plan. Despite a somewhat "happy" resolution, I am not sure I would recommend this book due to the depressing nature of most of the story.
Gray P.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mr. Baad
Nov 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Kierra Austin
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this a really sad book because the little boy got killed
Kadian Spooner
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ese K Katz3
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ese Kessington 10/24/13

I really loved reading the book Bang! by Sharon G. Flake, a realistic fiction book. This novel was filled with sadness, happiness, hardship, and comedy. The two main characters, Mann and Kee-Lee have a lot in common. They’re best friends, go to the same school, and live in the same neighborhood. The main conflict in the story comes from neighborhood that Mann and Kee-Lee live in. They live in one of the roughest neighborhoods around. In their neighborhood, people are alwa
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, audio-read
For this book I have to give a shout out to the BARC - reading challenges group I'm in. I would have never picked this book to read on my own, but it fit into a reading challenge I'm participating in so I did pick it up.

Bang! is a very nitty-gritty, real, intense look into the life of a young African American boy whose family has been traumatized by the death of his little brother. Jason died on his own front porch, playing with his toys due to gun violence. The loss of Jason has affected the e
Bryce Thompson
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bang! is a novel that took place in the deep and rough streets. It tells the story of a young boy named Mann and his father who will have to go through tough times to regain the healthy relationship they had before Mann's brother Jason died. At one point in the novel Mann's dad got so angry at him that he left him in the woods to navigate back home with his friend Kee-Lee. I would recommend this book to all teen aged boys that like a book about family and death. With all this I give this book ou ...more
Alia Silmon
Bang! sharon g. flake fiction : i think the boy named jason got shot because he was walking. and his brother at home was in the house he was coming outside. and when he came outside he saw his brother jason get shot right in his face and he was mad. and he was so scared and he had told their parents that jason got shot in his face. and he seen blood everywhere and he thought he was going to be shot right after his brother got shot. and his parents was agreeing on moving into a different house.

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Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
“(It) was real sad. But I didn’t cry. You can’t cry for everybody who gets shot- otherwise you’d cry your life away.” Bang by Sharon G. Flake is a novel about an eleven year old boy whose seven year old brother Jason died in the Ghetto, where their home is, by being shot on their front porch. There was not a single reason why his brother was shot. Mann believes it is his own fault. Throughout the book more and more people Mann knows are killed, beaten or move away. I’m not exactly sure why Flake ...more
Imani Weeks
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jahlia ((thing 10 Evil 1))
Sharon G. Flake deserves a billion dollars, a free trip to disneyland, a supercomputor, and recognition directly from the white house for writing this book. Every bad YA author should be forced to write an apology to her for keeping filling teenagers minds with trash and preventing them from reading this book. This book is epic, this book is deep, it made me get angry, feel sympathy, pity and above all else it made me want to cry. Oh yeah and another thing about this book, it makes it special, i ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bang! by Sharon G. Flake this book is about a family that lived in a neighborhood that people just killed other people for no reason. One of the family members died in the front porch of the house. I totally liked this book because its really interesting and sad. The part that was sad was when jason died for no reason in front of the porch of his h0use. I think the people that would like this book are my teachers because they have read use book from Sharon G. Flake and I would like my teacher to ...more
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Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My current page number is # 85. I am eager and exited to keep reading this book because it is really sad and how a a 12 year old boy has to live in a neighbor hood where there is a whole bunch of murders going on and is whole is is twisted because his father is some what of a child abuser to Mann (main character)and Mann`s younger brother died when Mann was just 6 and his younger brother was three (Jason). now Mann has expelled from school because somebody in class was saying that "everyone is g ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A. Young Adults who like drama.

B. I give this book five (5) stars out of five (5) stars

C. When I read the blurb of the book, it made me think of all the people I lost in life. I couldn’t believe that almost Mann’s family members are dead, but luckily, Mann’s parents were always there and do their best of protecting their older son of getting killed. I think that even though Jason died and the family was under depression about Jason’s death, they all found their way of being comfortable without J
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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).

Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from elementary to high school, and
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