ScorpionsBook - 1988
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Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers is about a gun toting gang in Harlem. and a boy named Jamal Hicks is about to become dangerously involved with them. Pushed by the bully, Dwayne, to fight, and nagged by the principal, Mr. Davidson, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. while his mother is trying to work to earn the money for appeal for Jamal's older brother randy who Is in jail. The leader of the Scorpions, Randy wants Jamal to take his place until he is free, but the other gang members, especially Angel and Indian, don't like the idea. but Mack, secondary leader, believes Jamal should be the leader since he is the younger brother of the leader.and it is Mack who gets Jamal a gun. Jamal wants to earn the money by working for his brother's freedom. but he Is scared to rebel against the scorpions. He longs to get rid of the gun, but part of him just can't bring himself to do it. As things heat up within the gang, everything comes to a boil when Mack kills Angel and Indian is thrown in jail. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes
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