The Scorpions are a gun-toting Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become tragically involved with them in this authentic tale of the sacrifice of innocence and the struggle to steer clear of violence.
This Newbery Honor Book will challenge young men to consider their own decisions as they come of age in a complex and often frustrating society.
Pushed by a bully to fight and nagged by his principal, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. His home life is not much better, with his mother working her fingers to the bone to try to earn the money for an appeal for Jamal's jailed older brother, Randy.
Jamal wants to do the right thing and help earn the money to free his brother by working, but he's afraid to go against the Scorpions. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes.
Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, sensitively explores the loyalty and love between friends faced with hard choices. Scorpions is 25 years old, but the issues of poverty and violence make it a timeless powerful read—sadly as relevant as ever.
PW called this Newbery Honor novel about a 12-year-old caught up in the violence of Harlem gangs "realistic, spare and almost unbearably sad." Ages 12-up.
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I really love this book because Jamal and Tito have an unbreakable relationship they are like brothers instead of friends best book ever!!😄
I read this book in seventh grade for a book report and loved it..
Great book! Storyline is outstanding and it teaches you the value of friendship and loyalty. Thrilling, suspenseful, and action.