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?
Family Relationships; Homelessness; Incarceration; Poverty; homeless family; living in a motel; financial hardship; father in prison
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2010
Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2007
Capitol 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
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.