The Price of Loyalty by Mike Castan

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This riveting novel about peer pressure and core values highlights a hot-button topic.When Manny moves on to Raleigh Middle School, he s relieved that he ll be with his other Latino friends from elementary school. Hanging out with his vatos is great; but before Manny knows it, kids are calling the clique the Emperors and saying that they are a gang. Gradually Alex, whose older brother is in prison, starts calling the shots, and the pressure is on Manny first to shave his head and tag the neighborhood and then to get drugs for the vatos. Close calls with the authorities become more and more frequent, and Manny can see where it s all headed. Does he have the guts to turn his back on his oldest friends so he can keep clean?

About Mike Castan

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Mike Castan is a writer who has been an actor and a middle-grade substitute teacher.nbsp;He is the author of The Price of Loyalty, which Booklist called a "stirring first novel."nbsp;He lives in California.
Published April 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 150 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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A final fight leaves two boys hospitalized and forces Manny to decide who his friends really are.

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