Monday, February 22, 2010

Path of the Warrior by Richard Van Camp and Steven Keewatin Sanderson

After a bullet meant for him hits a baby instead, Cullen decides he wants out of his First Nations crime gang, the Sindicate. In a 48-page comic book published by the Healthy Aboriginal Network, Cullen faces the consequences of his actions. Yes, it is didactic, as it is meant to send a strong message. It is also successful as narrative, with a cast of believable characters who act in realistic ways. Other teen books about getting out of gangs include Autobiography of My Dead Brother (Walter Dean Myers) and Homeboyz (Alan Lawrence Sitomer). Grade 7 - up.

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