Individuality--Juvenile fiction; Gangs--Juvenile fiction; Tutors and tutoring--Juvenile fiction; Decision making in adolescence--Juvenile fiction; High school students--Juvenile fiction; High schools--Juvenile fiction
To Baby, the outside world is a cold and lonely place. He has lived most of his life as a member of the silent, enigmatic group that calls itself the Clan—and he has been scorned and feared by classmates and neighbors. It’s up to Casey to see to it that Baby isn’t alone when he’s the only member of his mysterious group to be placed in their high school’s honors classes. She’s his guide into the mainstream—a pretty, well-liked girl who wants to do the right thing. Like the rest of the Clan, Baby has never before participated in school. Casey helps him find a path; she makes it possible for him to see the Clan with a sharp outside light. But what Baby is doing threatens both the Clan and the Cribs—the popular kids in letter jackets—and it isn’t long before Baby’s and Casey’s familiar worlds are shattered. Kristen D Randle has written a story that is absorbing and unusual, insightful and outspoken, about two teenagers whose lives become intertwined—and a collision that forces them to make difficult choices. [from author web site]
American Library Association-YA (2000); Booklist Starred Review (1999).