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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The reason we did that is 'cause there was really nothing else we did except
hang out on that block. And as you get older you see people trying to hang out on
your block and you don't like them hanging there. This block is yours, it's your ...
to move off the block, what I'm gonna do? Am I about to move off the block? Not
right now. And I can't just tell them no 'cause when this program is over then I
dissed them, so now I'm supposed to come back all two-faced and say wassup?
I mean, when you see rich people a block away and you look at your block and it
looks awful, I mean, it's just--it's just not right. I mean, why--we're all from the
same place; why must they be better than us? And we--and that--that's when ...
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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