Reviews for Scorpions

Publishers Weekly Reviews 1996 January #2
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. (Jan.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2000 January
Jamal, who is pressured to become leader of the Scorpions gang, worries about school, family, and the rough kids on the street. When a fellow gang member gives him a gun, Jamal suddenly gains a new level of respect from his enemies. A realistic look at a boy who wants to do the right thing but gets caught up in the culture of violence. A Newbery Honor selection. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.