Synopses & Reviews
Rodney falls for a Somali classmate Jawahir while protecting her during a riot between Somali and African American students at their Minneapolis high school. Their tragic love affair echoes that of Romeo and Juliet in one of four titles kicking off the Unbarred series of modern day Shakespeare adaptations written at a fourth grade reading level and featuring kids who have served time in juvenile detention systems. Jones effectively characterizes real life tensions to ratchet up the drama and danger as battle lines between ethnic and religious groups are drawn and hate and violence seethe. Available simultaneously: Duty or Desire Fight or Flee and Friend or Foe. Ages 11–up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."