The Buffalo Tree by Adam Rapp

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Serving a six-month sentence at Hamstock Juvenile Detention Center, thirteen-year-old Sura befriends his vulnerable bunkmate, Coly Jo, only to watch in dismay as Coly Jo loses himself to the pressures and predators of the institution and must draw on his own inner strength to survive."
 

About Adam Rapp

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Adam Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker, and OBIE Award-winning playwright and director. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 1, 1997 by Front Street. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In a distinctive, compelling narrative, Sura, 12, chronicles life at a juvenile detention home, where he has been sent for stealing hood ornaments.

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Rapp (Missing the Piano) draws readers into the nightmarish world of a juvenile detention facility as his narrator, incarcerated for stealing hood ornaments, recounts his day-to-day battle to survive abuse and dehumanization.

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A 12-year-old boy recounts his day-to-day battles in a juvenile detention center.

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