it's not too late. The novel is about a white boy sent to school in a
rough part of Brooklyn in the 1970s at the insistence of his hippy
artist parents. "Second grade was first grade with math," observes the
named Dylan. "Fifth grade was fourth grade with something wrong."
Not surprisingly, his parents' half-baked notions of integration
don't work out so well for their son. It's a book about race, and
growing up, the perils of friendship among boys, and -- especially --
about being bullied. (New York Times reviewer AO Scott describes the
bullying ritual as "a disconcerting amalgam of mugging, con artistry
and mock affection.") Great stuff for anyone who's been in this situation, or is in it now. Here's an excerpt: View From a Headlock.
"Hey, white boy. Let me take a look at that."
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