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Contributor(s): Lehr, Dick
ISBN: 0763692751     ISBN-13: 9780763692759
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: A novel inspired by the true story of a false imprisonment traces the wrongful conviction of an innocent young African-American man for a gang-related crossfire death, a breach of justice that was fought by the man's daughter, and a reporter and a lawyer who combed through the case for overlooked clues. By the co-author of the best-selling Black Mass.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Judicial error; Fiction.
Gangs; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017037179
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (1.10 lbs) 307 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192450
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #2)

In precise, economical prose, former reporter Lehr (Black Mass) recounts a suspenseful story inspired by a case he investigated in the 1980s. Fourteen-year-old Trell Taylor was just a baby when her father, Romero, was wrongly convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl. Since then, things have been difficult for Trell and her mother, but two important adults—Nora, a rookie attorney, and Clemens, a seasoned reporter for the Boston Globe—believe that there's a chance for Romero's release if they can gather evidence that his trial was unfair. Trell is determined to help, but finding proof of her father's innocence isn't easy when witnesses have disappeared over the years or are reluctant to speak out. Set in Boston's Roxbury district, the novel traces Trell's quest to find information, an arduous and dangerous search that uncovers some harsh truths about her father's criminal past and some disturbing facts about gang lords and police corruption. Without sugarcoating city violence, Lehr presents facts about the case in terms readers will understand while providing enough exciting discoveries and triumphs to offset Trell's disappointments. Ages 12–up. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 July)

Gr 6–10—In 1990s Boston, 13-year-old Trell has spent every Sunday of her life traveling by bus to visit her father in prison. Though her father dealt drugs, he did not commit the murder for which he was convicted: in the late 1980s, a young girl was accidentally killed during a gang shooting. Only investigative journalism is able to cut through the layers of political expediency and police bias that led to the wrongful conviction. In the end, justice prevails, Trell's father is freed, and the real shooter is uncovered. Based on events involving the accidental shooting death of an African American girl, the crack-fueled gang culture of 1980s Boston, and the ensuing outrage, this book will resonate with today's teens. Trell is an appealingly gutsy heroine whose belief in her father is strong enough to drag an attorney and a down-on-his-luck journalist into her orbit. Ultimately, this title reads more like a middle grade novel than a teen one, with the heroine far more interested in her family relationships than in her friendships. Without hand-selling, this selection might get lost on YA shelves. VERDICT Younger YA readers will enjoy this fast-paced thriller.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

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