Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375847066, 265pp.
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
Sofia Quintero makes a stunning debut writing for young adults with this gritty, complex, and real exploration of the life of an urban teen whose attempt to leave one world behind for a better one could cost him everything.
"A gritty and well-written novel . . . this stands out in the field of young adult urban novels and will be as appealing to readers as it is accomplished."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"Quintero delivers an in-your-face YA debut, a passionate polemic on racial politics in urban America."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"It is Quintero’s effortless grasp of teen slang that gives her first-person story its
—Booklist (starred review)