Nowhere to Run by Claire J. Griffin

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”How ’bout lettin’ Calvin keep his knees on loan?”

”Meanin’ what?”

”Meanin’ you let him walk, and then his knees owe you. Like maybe he’s favored
to win the District Championship next spring. Some dudes are layin’ bets. You
say Calvin’s gonna lose. And he does.”

”I own Calvin’s knees.” Norris said the words slowly, like they tasted good in his
mouth. He smiled and nodded. ”Okay, Deej. I like that.” He glared at Calvin. ”Don’t forget, punk.”

When you’ve got a friend who’s got your back, life is good. Calvin has Deej—and
a coach who thinks Calvin can win the championship in the 100-meter dash,
a little brother who looks up to him, a boss who trusts him with the keys to
the car shop, and Momma, who made him promise to stay in school. And then
there’s Junior, the girlfriend of Calvin’s dreams. You have to take things slow
with Junior, since she’s daddy’s girl, but she’s worth it.

But when Calvin and Deej get suspended from school on a trumpedup
charge, things start to fall apart. Deej entangles them both in Norris’s web,
and suddenly Calvin has tough choices to make. Can he hold on to what he’s
got without turning his back on his best friend?
 

About Claire J. Griffin

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CLAIRE J. GRIFFIN was a competitive rower for ten years, attended six colleges and/or universities, traveled to seven continents, kayaked below the Antarctic Circle, camped in Africa for eight months, drove across the Sahara, slept on top of a termite mound, ate bugs, was stung by scorpions two separate times, and has taught every grade level starting with pre-school, most recently at Montgomery College outside of Washington, DC. She and her husband now live in Brooklyn, where Claire is a fan of ethnic food, street art, riding the subway, and overheard conversations.
 
Published December 18, 2012 by namelos llc. 120 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the first taut page, it's clear that this isn't going to be a happy story.

Feb 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Nowhere to Run

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Calvin has always been responsible: he promised his late father he would graduate from high school, he holds down a job at an auto shop, and he’s a track star. But when he tries to persuade Norris, th

Jan 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Nowhere to Run

Gr 8–10—Calvin's dream of winning the 100-meter dash in the District Championship is thwarted by a neighborhood thug who threatens to break his kneecaps if he doesn't throw the race. While he hadn't thought seriously about attending college, the high school senior knows a scholarship possibility ...

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