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A YA novel that treats its subject and its readers with respect while delivering an engaging story. --Kirkus Reviews

An incredible story that you just won't be able to put down. A must read for today's teens. -- B. Leigh, Reading Teacher

My school is just like Bluford High. The characters are like people I know. These books are real. --Jessica, K. 9th grade student

An incredible story that you just won't be able to put down. A must read for today's teens. -- B. Leigh, Reading Teacher

My school is just like Bluford High. The characters are like people I know. These books are real. --Jessica, K. 9th grade student

An incredible story that you just won't be able to put down. A must read for today's teens. -- B. Leigh, Reading Teacher

My school is just like Bluford High. The characters are like people I know. These books are real. --Jessica, K. 9th grade student
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Townsend Press (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591940176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591940173
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Philadelphia, Paul Langan spent his early childhood in the city before moving with his single mother to southern New Jersey. There he attended public school and worked a variety of jobs--including salesperson at a shoe store, attendant at a horse ranch, landscaper at a mental hospital, and a night-shift stockperson in a warehouse store near Atlantic City. "Each job," he says today, "could be the topic of several juicy novels."

In 1991, he enrolled at Camden County College and a year later transferred to La Salle University, where he studied creative writing and literature, earning a B.A. in English. While at La Salle, he lived with international students, traveled to his roommate's home in Kenya, became a prison tutor, and found the courage to write.

After graduation, he worked for a nonprofit agency in Philadelphia and then joined Townsend Press (TP) as an Assistant Editor. After he contributed to a number of TP textbooks and taught English at a community college, Paul reconnected to his interests in creative writing through the Bluford Series.

Originally working as an assistant with the Bluford novels, Paul's role steadily grew. He now serves as both editor of the series and author or coauthor of several novels, including The Bully, The Gun, The Fallen, and Promises to Keep. His stories reflect his personal experiences, including the difficulties of growing up without a father, being the "new kid" in school, and dealing with the loss of a loved one.

In 2001, Paul completed a Master's degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to expanding the Bluford Series, he dreams of writing a successful movie script, preferably a "supernatural thriller." Today Paul lives with his wife and three children near Philadelphia and stubbornly clings to the hope that he will one day see the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mota on August 19, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have used the Bluford series novels in my RLA classes for about 7 years now. And I must say Brothers in Arms is one of the best in the series. Students, particularly reluctant readers, like to see themselves in the literature. Sure, not all of my students are in gangs or have lost someone to gang violence, but they at least know someone who has or are well aware of gangs and gang violence that plague their neighborhood. Martin (the main character)speaks to my students. This book is raw, gritty, and it speaks the truth in what we as adults may not realize what could happen if our students/teens lost someone close to them due to gang violence. It challenges how students think about revenge, loyalty, friendship, and honor. I HIGHLY recommend this novel as well as its follow-up: The Fallen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Carney on September 19, 2007
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"People were starting to gather around, but I blocked them out. Huero was going to wake up. He had to."
This is one of the most exciting moments of the book Brothers In Arms. This book is about two brothers who live in a bad neighborhood. Huero, the youngest brother, counts on his big brother Martin (his hero). Then, a tragedy occurs. What happened to Huero? Martin wants revenge.
Martin has to choose a path...stay in the past or think about his future. Which path will he choose?
One of the people Martin meets in his new path is Vicky. Vicky, turns out to be a beautiful and wonderful girl. Vicky is Martin's friend. She is a great student at Bluford High School. Mr. Mitchell the annoying teacher who gets in everybody's business.
One of the most exciting parts of Brothers In Arms, is when Martin faces one of his friends. They got in an argument. Another quote of the book that I thought it was interesting is "My brother's death wasn't enough for you, huh? Now you want me too."
Brothers In Arms taught me a lesson. That you should never run from your past, that you should face it. Also that revenge is just a waste of life and opportunities, so "don't waste it on something worthless."

By: Jeniffer C.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on June 13, 2008
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Everyone wants to be able to relate to a book and feel that they can be represented in them. This series allows students who are African-American, see themselves in a book and contains stories they can relate to. I gave this book to a student in my homeroom and he was thrilled. He read The Bully and wanted more. His happiness was good to be behold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Germani Grant on March 19, 2013
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I really love this story it's just takes your breath away when u find out the deep dark secrets of Martin Luna his crush and his troubles at home lol read this book peace out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leila Champion on January 20, 2013
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I love reading the Bluford Series I started reading it a couple months back! I'm a 6th grade African American female and I recommend this book to children like me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bargain Shopper Mom on February 3, 2012
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fast shipping and on time order. My daughter loves this series of books. She started reading them in Middle school and seem not to be able to put them down.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bowen on May 14, 2009
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This book has it all. It has been hugely successful in my reading classes in terms of sparking interest with reluctant readers. The book starts when Martin's younger brother, Huero, is killed by a bullet intended for Martin or one of his friends. Martin must choose between gang life and revenge, or a new life that starts when he's able to walk away. There are no easy answers for Martin and the book honors the complexity involved in making serious, ethical decisions. Some of my most resistant readers were a few chapters ahead of me, racing to find out what happens. The book also lends itself to all kinds of class conversations and critical thinking opportunities. I highly recommend this book for anyone with older, struggling readers. A good book can sometimes pull them back to reading. This could be the book that does it.

Chris Bowen
Author of, Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom
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By stephanie bateman on July 31, 2013
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I touched me just to read. I finished it in one day. It was a inspiring story about a young boys struggle.
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