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Brothers in Arms

(Bluford High #9)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,421 ratings  ·  432 reviews
Martin Luna is in deep trouble. Just months ago, a horrible tragedy took his little brother, and now it threatens to take him too. On one side are his desperate mother, a friendly teacher at Bluford High School, and a pretty girl named Vicky. On the other are his old neighborhood and his hunger for revenge. Torn between the two, Martin stands at a crossroad, with his life ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Townsend Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Junior Martinez
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Brothers in Arms because it was really touching and their was a lot of action. This book made me want to keep reading and reading. In this book there is a boy named Martin Luna. Martin's brother AKA "Huero" had a horrible tragedy. Martins mom moves to Bludford to save Martin from his brother's fate.I liked the book because it reminded me of my home in California. ...more
First, I must say that this novel kept me awake at night. The violence described in this book is real, something I frequently see and hear in the suburb of Paris where I live. But, what makes this story beautiful is that, although the story is told along a line of seeking vengeance, the bottom-line of the story is transformation of Martin, the protagonist.

What caught my heart from the beginning is this: Martin is aware that his way of dealing with his brother’s death is wrong; he wants to change
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
i read this book because my teacher recomended it to me at frist i wasnt so sure about it but after half was or so the book started to get good thee book was like one of these kids that is a gangster and doesnt care what people think of him cause he'll do what he wants the steeing is from his house to the school of in then streets of his town the main charater is martin he is spanish and he is a gamgbanger i guess you could call him in the book it doesnt realy explane him. in then book martins b ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In this book there's a boy named Martin Lunas. Martin has a little brother Eric, aka Heuro, who absolutely adores him. One day when trying to warn his brother of near by danger Eric is shot and killed. That's when Martin's life turns upside down. He goes through a lot of obstacles with a new life that he is forced to start and his old life which is holding him back. However it's the only life he knows. Along the way he meets a couple of people who change his life for the better and the worst. Th ...more
Allyson Bogie
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about a young man who learns the hard way that being in a gang is not what he thought it would be. He also thinks his life is over when something bad happens and turns everything upside down. But then he moves and new people enter his life and he begins to see things differently.

Martin Luna joins a gang and then his brother is shot by accident. Martin later finds out that Frankie, who he thought of as family was the real target of the gunman. Martin's mother fears losing another son
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i likE tHiS BOOk AlOtt..
SO hE WAS SHOt tHAt NiGHt.=[ Att lAStt tHEyy
MARtiN WANtED tO kill hiM BUtt FRANkiE
tOlD HiM NOtt fOR GEtt hiS hANDS fUll ON blOOD.
SO MARtiN hAD tO tEll tHE POliCE WHO killED hIS brOtHER.
PREttyy SAD BOOk.=[[
Kathryn S.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Honestly this book is probably the best I've read! you can see the character development too! (view spoiler) It was really nice to see how martin didn't stand for some kid beating him down and how he get's closer to an other character it's great! ...more
Chelsea Cabrera
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I just started reading this book, and so far I'm liking it. Because I love Bluford Highschool Series Books and also because this book is interesting. This book is about a boy named Martin Luna whose brother passed away because of a shoot out some immature men had. He told his mother he was going to get revenge, she told him not even though she knew he wasn't going to listen to her. He still promised her she won't and is still trying to find who killed his brother who was so innoce
Alexander Carranza
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Kendy Mendoza
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book made me think about my life decisions and how things can effect everything else. In the book Martin has to choose between two different lifestyles.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Aaron_ebert by: no one
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
"Brothers in Arms" is a book by Paul Langan which tries to explain the lifestyle of present-day teen-age gangs.

The story begins with Martin and his gang sitting on a curb, trying to pick up girls. His little brother, Huero, walks up to talk to Martin and he gets shot in a drive-by shooting. After the shooting, Martin's gang all decide they will find his brother's killer. His mother knows it would be bad for her last remaining son to stay in that neighborhood. She and a local cop raise funds to
Norberto Leyva
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story is about a boy named Martin Luna. He notices his younger brother hiding by a garbage can. His brother followed him because he looked up to Martin. Martin saw him hiding and before he could do anything a car drove by and shot his brother. After that day his mother was very upset and wanted to get her family out of the neighborhood. They finally leave and transfer to Blueford High. He didn’t care to be there and didn’t go out of his way to make friends. He meets Steve who was in the same ...more
Brothers in Arms is a book about a boy named Martin. He wanted to get revenge on the person that killed his little brother Huero. Martin only lived with his mother and nrother but aftyer what had happened it was only him and his mom. Later in the story Martins mom decides to move acroos town because she thinks it is the best thing for mMartin because she knows Martin wants to get revenge against the person that killed his brother. His mother also wanted to get him away from his friends because ...more
Ms Venti
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing.This guy named Martin Luna was the one of that boys who like to smoke and scared people when they see him and all that change when his little brother died on his arms.Someone who he didn't know or see him now his litle brother Huero died because he was in the wrong time and in the wrong place and he was so depresed and he want payback. Which way would he choices get revenge or moving foward in leave the path he star to get mad of himself because Martin and his mother move to the o ...more
Jose Chavez
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is very interesting, this is a book many people world wide would like. It's very interesting at the begging and leave's you with the mouth open at the end. It has very sad momment's with the charaters, and explains them very well. The book is about this one child name quero with an older brother martin. His life is changed and is going trough some rough time. He is always in trouble, till one day it all changed. Somebody has killed martin brother quero, so now he's in the look out for ...more
Julissa Medrano
So the book I read is called "Brothers In Arm". This book is mostly about a teenage boy named martin and he had a little brother named Erick his nickname "huero".But he always wanted to be with his big brother and he ended up getting shoot and died in his brothers arms. So martin is trying to look for revenge on the guys who killed hid little brother. You will need to read the book to find out the shocking ending. This book is really good and very touching it made me cry almost to the ending I l ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brothers in Arms was an amazing book! I enjoyed reading this book. There was a boy named Martin who was a thug. One day Martin was hanging out with his friend Frankie and his other homies. Martin's little brother, Huero, was riding his tricycle to go to Martin. Martin told him to go home, but when he was going home, some guys in a white car started shooting at them. Huero was going to save Martin but Huero got shot in the head. This was the saddest part of the book. But it will make you read it ...more
I think this book is one of the best books i ever read like for real .
I can relate to this book a lot by the things that happened in my neighborhood . The characters remind me a lot of my fellow friends that i have . In this book martin brother known as Guero got shot on a drive by he was only 8 years old and know frankie and chago which are f=martin like brothers they want revenge on who ever killed martin little brother guero .
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this book was really sad, and it hurts to know things actaully happen like what happpened in brothers in arms. I dont think people should go through this espcially at that age he was in. Its always going to be a tramatic expirence for martin and his mother.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be becauseit realy wasn't very suspensful or exciting. ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Frankie did some crazy stuff. The dude killed Martin's brother, Huero. That's crazy in my eyes, your own hood doing something to you like this... Wow. ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book was good, I liked how the plot was relatable. But I think that it could have had a better ending than the one it had.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was good, but I think that the ending could have been better.
Elijah Ashford
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book has a good story line but they should have a better ending
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brothers in Arms by Paul Langan and Ben Alirez is a Historical fiction, this book is a not to easy or challenging but it is in the middle. The author Paul Langan has other books to like "Summer of Secrets" and more books. I think there are no other books that relate to this book because this book talks about how he was going thru life and what happened to his brother. Martin Luna is just 16 years old that hangs out with gang members. He has a brother named Huero, that follows Martin around where ...more
Emily Orozco
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brothers in Arms by Paul Langan is an unbelievably realistic book about our main character Martin Luna. The book starts out in present time, then Martin tells us the story of what led up to where he is now. Martin goes through his memory of the day his little brother died, his experience in school, and when he moves away from his "family". Martin is struck, torn between his two completely different lives, at his new school he is challenged with academic work and his own temper when people try to ...more
Arturo Guitanda
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In "Brother in Arms", Martin hovers on the fringes of a gang with territory in Southern California and idolizes one of its members, Frankie. Before he is inducted into the gang, his brother, Huero, is killed, collateral damage in a gunfight. Martin's mother moves their family to the fictional Bluford, refusing to lose another son. At Bluford High School, Martin falls in with the wrong crowd, but a girl named Vicky and a concerned English teacher intervene, giving him a glimpse into what his life ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Raul Gallardo
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Brother in Arms" is a book about a character named Martin. He goes through some tough times being with bad friends and his brother dying in his arms. When his mother doesn't want to lose him either he moves him to a new school. This book is deep, and you can also tell that the main character is going through a lot of stress and pressure. Not only because of his brothers death but he also faces Steve a tall athletic guy who keeps making him get in trouble as well as trying to avenge him brother. ...more
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Born in Philadelphia, Paul Langan spent his early childhood in the city before moving with his single mother to southern New Jersey. There he attended public school and worked a variety of jobs—including salesperson at a shoe store, attendant at a horse ranch, landscaper at a mental hospital, and a night-shift stockperson in a warehouse store near Atlantic City. “Each job,” he says today, “could b ...more

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Bluford High (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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