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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Atheneum
Publication date August 18, 2015
Pages 231
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9781442459489
ISBN-10 1442459484
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $9.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding read” captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.

And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.

Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Atheneum (January 7, 2014)
9781442459472 | details & prices | 231 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.72 lbs | List price $17.99
Paperback
Book cover for 9780312233235 Book cover for 9781442459489
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Atheneum (August 18, 2015)
9781442459489 | details & prices | 231 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.50 lbs | List price $9.99
About: In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean.
With James Webster (other contributor), Georg Feder (other contributor) | from Palgrave Macmillan (January 1, 2002); titled "The New Grove Haydn"
9780312233235 | details & prices | 178 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $14.95
This edition also contains The New Grove Haydn
About: This 18th century Austrian was the son of a wheelwright whose love for music led him to ignore his parents' wish for him to enter holy orders and insstead to doggedly pursue a musical career.

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