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Bones of a Saint

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Resourceful teen faces gang in exciting coming-of-age tale.

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Anti-gang sagas can dip into cliche, but this mid-'70s coming-of-age novel uses familiar elements to create something new. Grant Farley sets Bones of a Saint in the dead-end town of Arcangel, and depicts the characters who live there with empathy and respect. RJ in particular is an engaging protagonist, trapped by circumstance but fighting to keep his family safe. Readers may be reminded of the novels of S. E. Hinton, but Bones of a Saint shines with its own particular light -- a funny, exciting, and knowing debut.

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