Amistad Press, Paperback, 9780061214790, 186pp.
Publication Date: February 2, 2010
A drug deal goes south and a cop has been shot. Lil J's on the run. And he's starting to get dope sick. He'd do anything to change the last twenty-four hours, and when he stumbles into an abandoned building, it actually might be possible. . . .
Elements of magical realism intensify this harrowing story about drug use, violence, perceptions of reality, and second chances.
“Drugs, drive-by shootings, gang warfare, wasted lives—Myers has written about all these subjects with nuanced understanding and a hard-won, qualified sense of hope.”
-New York Times
“Rich, nuanced…the use of magical realism brings depth and an intriguing strangeness to [Myers’] sharp-eyed observations of Harlem street life.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“A didn’t-see-that-coming ending wraps up the story on a note of well-earned hope and will leave readers with plenty to think about.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Characters have vivid page presence.”
“Readers might be moved to consider what they’d do in their own lives if they could start with a clean slate.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Myers’ narrative strategy is so inherently dramatic that it captures his readers’ attentions and imaginations, inviting not only empathy but also thoughtful discussion.”