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"Everyone is getting on Jamal's case. The kids at school are bugging him, his teachers won't leave him alone, and the principal's always giving him a hard time. Even his mama yells at him, upset because Jamal's brother, Randy, is in jail. The only person he can count on now is his best friend, Tito. But Crazy Mack wants Jamal to take over as the Scorpion's leader and run crack. Jamal doesn't want anything to do with gang life, but he doesn't have a choice--it's the only way to get money for Randy's appeal. And as long as he's got Tito on his side, everything will be ok ..."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: [New York] : Amistasd/HarperCollins, 2013
Edition: 25th anniversary edition, revised paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1988
ISBN: 9780064470667
Branch Call Number: YF MYERS-W
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 18 cm


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kidangel Aug 25, 2014

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers is about a gun toting gang in Harlem. and a boy named Jamal Hicks is about to become dangerously involved with them. Pushed by the bully, Dwayne, to fight, and nagged by the principal, Mr. Davidson, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. while his mother is trying to work to earn the money for appeal for Jamal's older brother randy who Is in jail. The leader of the Scorpions, Randy wants Jamal to take his place until he is free, but the other gang members, especially Angel and Indian, don't like the idea. but Mack, secondary leader, believes Jamal should be the leader since he is the younger brother of the leader.and it is Mack who gets Jamal a gun. Jamal wants to earn the money by working for his brother's freedom. but he Is scared to rebel against the scorpions. He longs to get rid of the gun, but part of him just can't bring himself to do it. As things heat up within the gang, everything comes to a boil when Mack kills Angel and Indian is thrown in jail. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes


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