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Chameleon

By Charles R. Smith Jr.

"Kids will grab this for the immediacy in the scenes, the brutal standoffs, the fast talk at the ball court, and the elemental conflicts of coming-of-age." — Booklist

Shooting the breeze with his boys. Tightening his D on the court. Doing a color check — making sure nobody's wearing blue or red, which some Crip or Piru carrying a cut-down golf club would see as disrespect. Then back to Auntie's, hoping she isn't passed out from whiskey at the end of the day. Now that Shawn is headed for high school, he wonders if he'd be better off at the school in Mama's neighborhood, where he'd be free of Compton's hassles. But then he wouldn't be with his fellas — cracking jokes, covering each other's backs — or the fine Marisol, who's been making star appearances in his dreams. Dad says he needs to make his own decision, but what does Shawn want, freedom or friendship? With teasing, spot-on dialogue and an eye to the realities of inner-city life, Chameleon takes on the shifting moods of a teenager coming of age.

  • With spot-on dialogue and an eye to the realities of inner-city life, "Chameleon" takes on the shifting moods of a teenager coming of age.
  • This gripping urban novel offers an interesting change of pace to other YA novels.

About the author

Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of Hoop Queens and its companion, Hoop Kings, as well as Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and a Sugarman Award. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

ISBN: 9780763630850
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: February 1, 2009
Dimensions: 146 x 215mm, 384pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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