Through first-person interviews and photographs, accompanied by youth's poems, qoutes and journal entries-young former gang members tell how and why they joined a gang and what and who has helped them get out.The interviews are honest and arresting as well as the photographs. Becauase of of the diversity of their gender, ethniticy, age, and where they live- as well as the topics they discuss- their words and faces help to breakdown stereotypes about the youth who join gangs. Most importantly- this book give a message of hope because the author/photographer concentrated on kids who have left gang life.Glossary, how to get help, intervention page and suggested reading list included. Ages 10 through adult. ABA- pick of 1996. .
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