Right by My Side by David Haynes
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In this coming-of-age story, Marshall, a wisecracking African-American teenager in suburban Saint Louis, deals with his mother's desertion of the family and his friend's abusive father.

About David Haynes

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David Haynes is an independent fiction writer from Derbyshire in the UK.
Published April 1, 1993 by New Rivers Press. 181 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Comically self-absorbed, Marshall pretends not to care, settling into easy bachelorhood with his brooding father, ``the trash king of St. Louis County.'' Marshall's two best buddies are his only allies in misery.

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Black teenager Marshall Field Finney is doing his time at a suburban St. Louis high school (``all crap and lies, smug rich white kids and deadly dull teachers'') when life gets complicated.

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