By J.L. Powers
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375838729, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 10, 2007
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Mexican guy. White guy. Classmates and enemies from across the border and on each other's turf. Big fight. White guy wins. Next day, he's dead. Everyone's a suspect. Everyone's guilty of something.
Does what you look like or where you come from finally determine where your loyalties lie? Who's Us? Who's Them? Which side is your side? Is it Truth?
Contemporary politics, the consequences of guys-being-guys, and questions about faith and personal responsibility pulse throughout the pages of this provocative, eloquent debut.
J. L. Powers, an educator and former newspaper writer, lives in San Bruno, California.