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The Scorpions are a gun-toting Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become tragically involved with them in this authentic tale of the sacrifice of innocence and the struggle to steer clear of violence. This Newbery Honor Book will challenge young men to consider their own decisions as they come of age in a complex and often frustrating society. Pushed by a bully to fight and nagged by his principal, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. His home life is not much better, with his mother working her fingers to the bone to try to earn the money for an appeal for Jamal's jailed older brother, Randy. Jamal wants to do the right thing and help earn the money to free his brother by working, but he's afraid to go against the Scorpions. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes. Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, sensitively explores the loyalty and love between friends faced with hard choices. Scorpions is 25 years old, but the issues of poverty and violence make it a timeless powerful read-sadly as relevant as ever.
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[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2009
ISBN: 9780061975066
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kidangel Aug 25, 2014

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers is about a gun toting gang in Harlem. and a boy named Jamal Hicks is about to become dangerously involved with them. Pushed by the bully, Dwayne, to fight, and nagged by the principal, Mr. Davidson, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. while his mother is trying to work to earn the money for appeal for Jamal's older brother randy who Is in jail. The leader of the Scorpions, Randy wants Jamal to take his place until he is free, but the other gang members, especially Angel and Indian, don't like the idea. but Mack, secondary leader, believes Jamal should be the leader since he is the younger brother of the leader.and it is Mack who gets Jamal a gun. Jamal wants to earn the money by working for his brother's freedom. but he Is scared to rebel against the scorpions. He longs to get rid of the gun, but part of him just can't bring himself to do it. As things heat up within the gang, everything comes to a boil when Mack kills Angel and Indian is thrown in jail. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes


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