Synopses & Reviews
A drug deal goes south and a cop has been shot. Lil J's on the run. And he's starting to get dope sick. He'd do anything to change the last twenty-four hours, and when he stumbles into an abandoned building, it actually might be possible. . . .
Elements of magical realism intensify this harrowing story about drug use, violence, perceptions of reality, and second chances.
“Rich, nuanced…the use of magical realism brings depth and an intriguing strangeness to [Myers] sharp-eyed observations of Harlem street life.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Myers narrative strategy is so inherently dramatic that it captures his readers attentions and imaginations, inviting not only empathy but also thoughtful discussion.” ALA Booklist
“Readers might be moved to consider what theyd do in their own lives if they could start with a clean slate.” Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
“A didnt-see-that-coming ending wraps up the story on a note of well-earned hope and will leave readers with plenty to think about.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Drugs, drive-by shootings, gang warfare, wasted livesMyers has written about all these subjects with nuanced understanding and a hard-won, qualified sense of hope.” New York Times
“Characters have vivid page presence.” Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Walter Dean Myers was the acclaimed author of a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction for young people. His nonfiction includes We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom; I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcom X: A Fire Burning Brightly; and Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. His illustrious list of young adult novels includes Darius & Twig; All the Right Stuff; Lockdown; Dope Sick; Autobiography of My Dead Brother; New York Times bestseller Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; and many more. He was a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree.