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INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Binns, Barbara

Courage

(2) 4-6 As seventh grader T'shawn works up the nerve to ask his widowed mother for money to join a diving team, his estranged older brother, Lamont, is released from prison and moves home. Tension rises as both brothers struggle to adjust. This first-person account of life on Chicago's South Side covers topics including cancer, homelessness, sickle cell disease, and domestic violence. None of the issues reaches a neat resolution, resulting in a thought-provoking novel.

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