Air Down Here by G Alicea

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Good news from the inner city is rare, but Gil's upbeat message and accessible, hip-hop style will give concerned readers--including educators, young people, and parents--a fresh outlook on the future of urban America. The 115 short pieces talk about life, the dangers of drugs, violence and gangs, deaths of family members, and the universal teenage dilemmas: dating, music, clothes, and school.

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Published August 1, 1995 by Chronicle Books. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Ruminations, 115 in all, recast by DeSena (Lies: The Whole Truth, 1993, not reviewed) from taped conversations with a South Bronx teenager, on drugs, sex, teachers, school food, and other topics dear to an adolescent's heart.

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Gil is a lively kid, speaking a mild street vernacular (``Some parents be fooling around''), and he reports on his dangerous school (most kids carry weapons), his ambition to become a famous hoopster and his struggle to deal with his mother's illness and, ultimately, with her death.

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