Crews: Gang Members Talk to Maria Hinojosa
National Public Radio reporter Maria Hinojosa's work with "crew" (gang) members of New York City inspired this in-depth collection of interviews. Her direct, nonjudgmental questions evoke poignant, surprising, and sometimes shocking responses from young people torn between violence and struggle for survival in America's cities. "The contemporary topic, universal themes, accessible writing, and compelling language will fill a void on many libraries' shelves. These powerful statements may serve as a wake-up call to young adults and all who work with them today."--School Library Journal.
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Then Shank came up to me. The rest of the crew kept acting crazy. Shank looked
young but had a serious tone whenever he spoke to me. He had almond-shaped
eyes and dark eyebrows, which sometimes gave him a devilish look. mh: So ...
The loneliness in Shank's life was overwhelming. He was lonely at home, where
his mother barely paid any attention to him. And he was lonely in the new world
of New York City. So for two years, Shank concentrated on school and he learned
part of the book to Shank, he just laughed. I couldn't believe it. mh: You think it's
funny that the guy says that the brain of somebody who just died looks like
oatmeal? shank: Yeah. mh: Why? shank: Thinking of food and thinking of
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A book describing Hinojosa's interviews with gang members in New York City. Kids like this often get labelled and shoved into a group, but their individual voices sing loud and clear in this book. It ... Read full review