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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I guess that was when people's opinions started mattering to me. I knew a little
English, and once a guy came up to me and said, "You want five dollars?" And I
was like, "Yeah!" And then he said, "Come with me. I need you to do me a favor.
He was on his knees looking up and he was divided down the middle. One side
had a horn like a devil and the other side was like an angel. It had a halo. And on
the bottom I would write, Unleash Fury. I guess it was like a subconscious call for
They mention Raul, the young boy who is said to have committed suicide four
days after Gordo's death. smooth b: They say he was hangin' out with a coupla
friends and he was bopped up, and I guess he had been having problems with
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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