EMAKO BLUE by Brenda Woods


Age Range: 14 & up
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This short, accessible story packs a huge emotional punch with its depiction of innocence lost to random gang violence. Three high-school friends and one enemy relate their memories as they attend the funeral of a beautiful, enormously talented girl from South Los Angeles. Readers can become immersed not only in the story of Emako’s short life, but that of Monterey, her middle-class friend; Jamal, a “player” with girls who truly falls in love with Emako; Eddie, a Hispanic boy determined to escape to college; and Samantha, a wealthy, jealous girl who spreads vicious rumors about Emako. With spare prose and ghetto slang, Woods targets her characters with pinpoint emotional accuracy, giving each a reality that should reach a diverse population of young readers. She provides abundant discussion topics and features short, easy chapters written with an honesty that should appeal even to highly reluctant readers. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-24006-3
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2004


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