When We Was Fierce (Hardcover)

By E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763679378, 400pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2016



In an endless cycle of street violence and retribution, is there any escape? A powerful verse novel by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo.
Fifteen-year-old Theo isn t looking for trouble, but when he and his friends witness a brutal attack on Ricky-Ricky, an innocent boy who doesn t know better than to walk right up to the most vicious gang leader around, he's in trouble for real. And in this neighborhood, everything is at stake. In a poignant, unflinching novel of survival told largely in street dialect, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo enters the lives of teenagers coming of age in the face of spiraling violence among gangs, by police, and at home.

About the Author

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is the author of "Fat Angie, " winner of the 2014 Stonewall Book Award. In a starred review, "Publishers Weekly" called it a hard-hitting novel "that swings between incredibly painful low moments and hard-won victories." "Kirkus Reviews "praised the book for its "entrancingly eccentric prose." e.E. Charlton-Trujillo lives in California.