“Myers has cooked up a provocative novel that simmers long after its last pages.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“[E]ngrossing and fast-paced… a must-read novel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[R]ewarding. A good fit for school libraries in which the social contract is taught or emphasized.” (School Library Journal)
“[B]egins with a bang.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
From the Back Cover
A provocative new novel from the national ambassador for young people's literature and the New York Times bestselling author of Monster
Who's on top of the social food chain? How do you get ahead? Who makes the rules? Who needs to follow them?
Paul DuPree is working at a soup kitchen in Harlem the summer his father dies, just trying to get by. But Elijah, the soup man, won't stop talking about the social contract and asking Paul questions about heavy-duty things. Paul has never thought about this stuff. He'd rather hang out with Keisha, an unwed teen mom whose basketball skills rival his own.
Then Sly, a notorious Harlem big shot, shows up. Paul is both intrigued and intimidated by Sly and his conspiracy theories, and for once he starts contemplating how you really get ahead in life. As the talk of what-ifs turns into reality, Paul realizes his summer is about more than getting by—it's about taking charge of your life.