From the author of the acclaimed modern classic YA novel Long Way Down comes a tough yet tender tale of teen friendship in a gang-riddled neighbourhood and the lengths we will go to to protect those we care about.
From a Carnegie winning author, a coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty across neighbourhood lines - illustrated by award-winner, Akhran Girmay.
A lot of the stuff that gives my neighbourhood a bad name, I don't really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.
Nah, not his thing. Ali's got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there's a dude looking for trouble - and, somehow, it's always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy's gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it's all small potatoes; it's not like anyone's getting hurt.
And then there's Needles. Needles is Noodles's brother. He's got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It's cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn't mean anything by it. Yeah, it's cool... until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be... somewhere they never should've been - where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 305 g
Dimensions: 20 x 130 x 200 mm
'A funny and rewarding read.' - Publisher's Weekly
'Urban fiction with heart, an unexpectedly gorgeous meditation on the meaning of family, the power of friendship, and the value of loyalty.' - Booklist
'Moving and thought-provoking... defies readers' expectations.' - Kirkus
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