This book, set in inner-city Brooklyn, pushes the envelope of edgy writing for teens. Now that his dad is in jail, 17-year-old Ty is running the family business -- dealing drugs -- and trying to keep the source of his income secret. When a new dealer tries to take over his business, a turf war begins. Ty tries to do the right thing for the business and his father, but when it's life and death, he may have to change his business plan.

This doesn't feel like a young-adult book -- it's gritty, the slang rings true and the story is not pretty. Maybe that's why it works. (Jul., 320 pp., $6.99, ISBN: 1416911545, 14 and up, MM.)
Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris