Family Relationships; Homelessness; Incarceration; Poverty; homeless family; living in a motel; financial hardship; father in prison
An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His father's in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn't feel good enough for her? and seems to be always on the verge of doing the wrong thing around her. There's another girl at the homeless shelter who is also after him, although the desires there are complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2010; Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2007; Capitol Choices, 2007; Choices, 2007; Core Collection: Social Class in Youth Fiction, 2007; Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2007; YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2007; Green Mountain Book Award, 2010-2011; Master List; James Cook Book Award, 2007, Honorable Book; Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2006, Winner, Young Adult Fiction
homeless shelter; working; money; impressing a girl
Booth, Coe, "Tyrell" (2007). DIVerse Families. 947.