Heart Of The City by Ron Koertge

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After she and her parents move to an ethnically mixed inner city neighborhood, ten-year-old Joy and her new friend Neesha decide to do something to keep drug dealers off their block.

About Ron Koertge

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Ron Koertge is the author of many award-winning novels, including Stoner & Spaz and its sequel, Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup; Strays; Deadville; Margaux with an X; The Brimstone Journals; The Arizona Kid; and Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year. A two-time winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Children's Literature, Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.
Published March 1, 1998 by Scholastic. 128 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ten-year-old Joy is upset and fearful when in June her artist father moves the family from affluent, all-white Woodland Hills into a house he has renovated in a rundown, mostly black neighborhood in central Los Angeles.

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