By Walter Dean Myers
The itch starts off whilst issues get too heavy for Lil J. dermis popping or stealing ache capsules from his mother support him chill out. yet Lil J's concentration is wandering simply because cash is brief, and his guy Rico is familiar with how to make a few speedy money. it really is imagined to be a simple deal, however it isn't really so uncomplicated whilst the customer is an undercover cop. With a gunshot wound to the arm, Rico in penitentiary, and a police officer clinging to existence, Lil J is commencing to get dope ill. He'd do something to alter the final twenty-four hours, and whilst he stumbles into an deserted crack condo, it truly may be attainable. . . . Walter Dean Myers weaves parts of magical realism right into a harrowing tale approximately drug use, violence, trade perceptions of truth, and moment percentages.
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She ran the whole thing down to me as we sat in Mickey D’s down from the Magic Johnson theater on 125th Street. ” Lauryn was teary eyed and her lips were tight. “He come telling me he’s from Barbados. ” But Lauryn wasn’t just mad, she was crying, and I knew that as foul as the crap her mother was putting out was, it made some kind of sense to her.
When he spoke, I knew exactly what he was going to say. ” Maurice asked me. We were at St. John’s in Brooklyn watching some tae kwon do guys work out. “Yo, man, Lauryn’s mother is just one of those chicks who come off dead wrong and don’t give a damn,” I said. ” “Yeah, but saying you can’t even go see your own baby . ” Maurice shook his head. ” “You don’t know the half of it,” I said. ” Me and Maurice had both taken some lessons in tae kwon do. Maurice had lived in Jersey City 49 for a while and took lessons with some Korean guy named Park.
I wasn’t going for it, but she had me feeling bad. Me and Moms was living in Section 8 housing, and I thought that if Lauryn and me got married, we could get our own place. A week after Lauryn had Brian, we had went down to the welfare office and talked to some punk interviewer who ran us through a lot of garbage about the rules of Section 8 and how I had to be working and earning a minimum wage and all that. 51 “If I had all that hooked up, I wouldn’t be down here talking to you,” I said. Lauryn said I shouldn’t have lost my temper.