CHICKEN by Lisl Weil


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An unconvincingly benign story about Julio who moves to a new project where three older boys, who spray-paint their names on subway cars, push him into stealing a lady's purse to prove he's not a chicken. Julio secretly mails back the purse, gets a job to pay back the money they took from it (and to avoid the gang), and meets a still older boy who makes him ""tympany man"" to his guitar. Listeners gather, so does the gang, and soon the three toughs have joined the group, now called ""Los Amigos."" It could happen, but Weil makes it too simple.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1976
Publisher: Warne