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Pull Hardcover – October 27, 2010

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David, a high-school senior who watches over his younger sisters, feels responsible for his mother’s murder by domestic violence. He’s put aside his love of basketball to maintain a job, tries to keep a low profile at his new school, and is desperate to keep his 14-year-old sister from falling prey to the exploitative prom king. David is also besotted with the prom king’s luscious girlfriend and notices the signs of physical abuse she seems to be suffering at her boyfriend’s hands. While Binns is not the smoothest stylist and has a tendency to make the girl characters physically clumsy and the boys more diverse in their personalities, this compelling story gives authentic voice to the social politics of teens, the long-term consequences of domestic violence, and a maturing teen’s need to differentiate the expectations he has of himself from those even the adults he respects have of him. This is a good group discussion book that offers much to engage both male and female readers, readers of color, and teachers as well as students. Grades 10-12. --Francisca Goldsmith

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"Tautly written, gripping and realistic, the strength of this story comes from the author's refusal to take shortcuts or make up a traditional happy ending, but to let a true story twist, turn, and play out to its realistic, unromanticized, satisfying conclusion." <BR>Tanita S. Davis, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of Mare's War "Pull is populated with fully-realized inner city characters who are not stereotypes....W]ill appeal to a wide variety of readers..." --Steve Alcorn

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: WestSide Books; First Edition edition (October 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934813435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934813430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a big city girl, I grew up on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, as the the eldest of five children and still live in the Chicago suburbs. After my parents divorced I assumed the role of chief parental assistant in charge of taking care of anyone younger than me. By the time I went to college, I was strictly management material. And oh so thankful for the freedom.

All this laid the groundwork for my future as a YA writer.

I'm a compulsive joiner, and I belong to the Romance Writer's of America and the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators. I also belong to Write It Now (WIN) a writer's group that meets in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and The Writing Place, an Arlington Heights writing group, as well as several on-line groups. I've done NaNoWriMo since 2007 (won every year, thank you very much). In fact, PULL started as a NaNo type writing effort.

Over the years I've worked everything from fast food to clinical chemistry to dietician to computer architect. But I always found excuses to return to school. I've attended the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, Depaul University, Roosevelt University, and Chicago State University. (Can you say professional student?) Even now you may find me haunting the halls at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

I'm on facebook. I blog - sporadically. And I diet all the time.

I've been writing for four years, and I am agented by the wonderful Andrea Somberg from the Harvey Klinger agency. PULL was born during the 2009 AWP (Association of Writing Professionals) conference, when I attended a session called "Why Jose Won't Read" and the need to write a book that boys would be drawn to was born. That book is PULL, the story of David Albacore who fights the pull of the world of childhood and the need to live the dreams his dead mother made for him, and the world of adulthood and construction that he feels he is born to live. He's also pulled by Yolanda Dare, a girl on the edge, suffering from a secret shame that endangers her and David's younger sister.

I hope I've created soemthing that will be enjoyed by all ages and genders.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Alcorn on November 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The greatest books invite us to become their main characters, experiencing their emotional and physical conflicts, suffering their defeats, and cheering for their triumphs. Pull, the brilliant debut novel by B. A. Binns, is just such a book.

Pull is populated with fully-realized inner city characters who are not stereotypes. While acknowledging the milieu of "dead-heads, thugs and wannabe" gangsta clowns, Pull's characters defy expectation and avoid cliche. These are smart, thinking kids, who are well aware of their limitations as they struggle to make a place for themselves in the high school status quo.

From page one we're launched into the precarious new life of David Albacore, who is running from a past that haunts him but is inescapable. As David struggles to take care of siblings orphaned by a father he despises, he finds himself unable to overcome the very same passions that drove that man to murder. And Binns perfectly captures the amped-up sexual angst of every teenage boy, as David is smitten by Yolanda, the hottest girl in the "in" crowd -- a group he's sworn to avoid.

When Yolando and David finally come together, sparks fly. But Yolanda means big trouble, because she's pack leader Malik's girl, and Malik has it out for David, not only as a romantic rival, but also on the basketball court and -- most importantly -- as a threat to David's little sister.

Pull builds to an exciting climax, as David finds all of his problems converging, leaving him wondering what price he is willing to pay, and what it means to let go. Pull is a great read that will appeal to a wide variety of readers, because it's about real people solving real problems, with love and compassion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dellecava on August 25, 2011
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David Albacore is burdened with extreme guilt caused the night his mother was murdered by his father. He's been uprooted, is living with his aunt and sisters and starting senior year in a new city. I was pulling for David as he tried to keep his sister, Barney, out of harm's way at school and struggled to contribute financially to the household. David recognized the signs of domestic violence among his peers at school and my heart pounded when he stepped up to confront his nemesis. B.A. Binns illuminates the troubling topic of teen dating violence through David's wonderful character. I think the gritty street language will hook young guy readers. An important book for any teen in an abusive dating relationship.
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By DAC VINE VOICE on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
David is starting over, after his father murdered his mother. New surname, school and state. Entering his senior year of high school, and the oldest of three. David has two sisters, Barney and Linda, he is now responsible for keeping them together. The three move from California to Chicago, to live with their Aunt Edie in a small one bedroom apartment.

After school David works at a construction site, earning money for rent. Still haunted by the murder of his mother. David just want to lay low his senior year, graduate and look out for his sisters.

At school David is attracted to Yolanda Dare (The Dare) , who is dating Malik. Malik is on the basketball team and thinks much of himself. David is doing his best to avoid the couple and keep Malik away from his sister, Barney.

Binns manages to touch upon many issues. David reflecting on his parents abusive relationship. Knowing he doesn't want to be like his father and wondering why his mom stayed. Don't see much of David's youngest sister Linda, the same is not true for Barney.

I liked the storyline, of Malik going after Barney. In YA you already ever see the unsuspecting girl being worked on by an older guy. So many girls at that Barney's age end up in bad sexual relationships because they' re vulnerable. That could've easily happened to Barney, she was exposed to her parents abusive relationships and uprooted to a new home. Part of me thinks maybe the author wanted the reader to see Barney could've easily been the next Yolanda without her brother.

Many rumors fly around school about who Yolanda has or hasn't been with. Malik treats Yolanda like he owns her. This is the first YA book I've read were the supposedly easy girl was the love interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edith A. Campbell on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pull is an excellent story of a young Black man fighting the odds to do what he knows in his heart is right. The story rings true and will appeal to today's teens, males AND females. I hope to see more books from Binns soon!
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