Themes: Hi-Lo, High school, neighborhoods, family, loyalty, friendship, urban teen fiction, bullying, spousal abuse, abusive relationships, loyalty, friendship, doing what's right. Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible characters and a compelling storyline. The highly readable style and mature topics will appeal to young adult readers of both sexes and encourage them to finish each novel. Cesar Chavez HS Series-- Naomi's mother chose to live in the shadow of a bully and abuser. Ernesto hoped that someday she would live with no fear. Naomi Martinez broke the cycle of abuse in her family. She stood up for what was right. But will Ernesto now win her heart or will Clay always be between them?