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AT THE CROSSROADS
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Hunter hits you hard with 15-year-old Franky’s story. The realism of the trials and tribulations that Franky experiences makes you fear for our urban youth, while also bringing to light the suffering of Katrina victims. A powerful story that will appeal to teens and adults.
Twelve-year-old Franky Bourgeosis lost his family, home and upper-middle-class life in Hurricane Katrina. Rescued by his cousins Nigel and Rico, he’s now living hand to mouth in an Atlanta ghetto. He enrolls in an all African-American high school and is in for a culture shock — it is a far cry from the private schools he grew up attending. Things seem to be finally going smoothly when all hell breaks loose. (DAFINA, Dec., 256 pp., $9.95, ISBN: 9780758242518, PB, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Leslie Frohberg
Published: December 2010