I really enjoyed Scorpions. I think Meyers does a good job of portraying what life can be like for kids living in impoverished neighborhoods. The reading is pretty easy, and I think that this book can be used successfully in a middle school classroom. Or even for a class of struggling 9th graders. It lends itself to discussions about gangs, violence, loyalty, school and more. I would also recommend it for individual reading. It may appeal more to males than females due to the male protagonist.
Margaret A. Edwards 1994
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