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Jamal, who is pressured to become leader of the Scorpions gang, worries about school, family, and the rough kids on the street. When a fellow gang member gives him a gun, Jamal suddenly gains a new level of respect from his enemies. A realistic look at a boy who wants to do the right thing but gets caught up in the culture of violence. A Newbery Honor selection.
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"A book honored for its honesty, realism, and vitality." -- -- 1989 Newbery Award Committee.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; 0025-Anniversary edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064406237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064406239
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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I recommend this books to kids of all ages.
eric
Scorpions is the seventh book that I have read that is by Walter Dean Myers.
Kevin K.
It is one of the greatest book that I ever read.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Scorpions, a book about a gang. Very true to life. It really makes you think about the society today. Drive-by shootings, drugs, sexual harrassment, mostly by gangs. In this book, it really makes you think about these gangs and the dangers of being involved with them. That's what happened to Jamal, isn't it? This is a very sad story about a poor family who is just kind of having to eke out on the edge. Jamal's brother is in jail, and he wants Jamal to take over his gang. The problem is, the whole gang's whacko. This story is very well-written, and you can actually feel Jamal's fear and his sadness. This book is excellent, and I reccomend it to anyone who likes read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 28, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gangs, violence, guns, drugs, and poverty are just some of the topics that other sugar-coated books steer clear of. Walter Dean Myers, however, is a risk-taker and isn't afraid to expose the public to these subjects.
In the well-written book Scorpions, Myers breaks away from the everyday children's books. He writes about a young boy from Harlem, Jamal.
When Jamal's brother Randy goes to jail, Jamal has to take his place as the leader of the gang Scorpions. He thinks it is a bad idea. In my opinion, Myers successfully intertwined the worlds of violence and gangs. Jamal, the innocent bystander, and Indian, a fellow gang member, battle for position of head Scorpion. It is Indian's rough personality that Jamal is intimidated by.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The book reminds me of how people fight in my school and I could relate. As I was reading the book, I felt supportive of Jamal and the decisions he needed to make. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a refreshing change of perspectives. Anyone can relate to this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim on April 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Scorpions Tim Roat Per. 3 4/30/01 My book is called the Scorpions, a book written by Walter Dean Meyers 1988. Its about a 13 year old boy named Jamal, who's older brother went to jail for murder. He was the leader of the gang called the scorpions. Since his older brother is locked up, his right hand man Mack is trying to get his little brother Jamal to run the gang. So he decides to do it so he can get the money to bail his brother out of jail. There is a lot of strong points in this book, such as, Jamal pulling a gun on one of his class mates in school, his brother gets stabbed while in jail, and one of Jamal's fellow gang members is trying to kill him. Personally I thought this was a really good book and I HATE to read. Everything is understandable, its not like other books where every other word you don't understand. So if your looking for a good easy book to read, I would suggest Scorpions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim on December 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is perfect for people looking to see what life is like in the inner city. If you have read other Walter Dean Myers books than you'll see this is just a good as them. I really got into the book because the book has tons of subplots. You can't put the book down because every time the story switches to the next event it is another exciting part. All the characters were very round and interesting to read about. Walter Dean Myers style was very good in this book because you read one big part after another. I think the main theme Walter Dean Myers was trying to get across was that you have to stay strong and not give in to bad things like gangs. Also this book was just full of conflict one bad thing after the last and it seemed like Jamal would never get out. Like Jamal got in trouble in class then in the principles office then getting into gang then fighting with Dwayne the bully. The book really started to make me feel bad for Jamal because his life was a mess and there wasn't much good in it. The only good he really had was his best friend Tito and art. It was like good things were being stripped away from him here and there and it kept going and going. I would have to give this book a very high rating because it was such a good book. I would give it a 9/10 and would suggest anyone who enjoys Walter Dean Myers read this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the publication of Scorpions, individuals of all nationalities will come to realize that poverty can glue a family together as easily as it can break them apart. Walter Dean Myers presents, with tremendous description, a realistic story about a family that is going through ups and downs simply trying to save enough money to start an appeal for a loved one who's in jail. With these thoughts in mind, I will now present the real story beneath all the layers of grief and mourning.

Though with many setbacks, Jamal and his family have always held their heads up high and tried to their best capability at everything they did. This time however, Jamal's irresponsibility and his mother's low wages have gradually stacked up as if like building blocks to prevent them from saving enough money to start Randy's appeal. After Randy was stabbed multiple times in the upstate prison, it became more urgent then ever to start his appeal before it was too late. After Tito moved to Puerto Rice and Randy resigned the position as leader of the Scorpions, the situation looked too grim to improve much more.

Walter Dean Myers expresses himself quite eloquently and gracefully through his writing, every page filled to the brim with description. However, the end of the does not bring the central conflict to a satisfying resolution. The author did not reveal to the reader several key components, including if Randy's appeal will ever begin, whether or not Tito will get convicted for murdering Angel, and will Jamal and his family ever become a family once again. I recommend this novel specifically to teenagers who take pleasure in reading realistic pieces of writing. If you enjoy reading novels of hard cold truth, Scorpions is probably for you.
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