Romiette and Julio-Sharon Draper


I have liked every single one of Drapers books that I have read.  This book is great because it plays off of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by having two teens of different races dating.  It has gangs, some violence, and deals with race issues in a very real way.  Draper catches readers’ (esp teens) attention quickly and moves the story along.  This story is told through a variety of genres.  I would use this in a 9th or 10th grade classroom.  It is very easy to read, but has important themes.

Draper has a study guide for this novel on her website.

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