Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith
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Series: Urban Underground   

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Annotation: Ernesto believes he recognizes a suspect fleeing the scene of a recent robbery--one of a string that have shaken the barrio. Is he right--or is he jumping to conclusions?
Catalog Number: #5238478
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 201 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-616-51588-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-616-51588-1
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
SCHRAFF, Anne . The Lost . 198p. ISBN 978-0-60623-411-5 ; ISBN 978-1-61651-585-0 . ea vol: (Urban Underground Series). Saddleback . 2011. PLB $19.60; pap. $8.95. LC number unavailable. Gr 9 Up&12; These books follow a group of teens at Cesar Chavez High School. In The Lost , Carmen Ibarra is infatuated with Paul Morales, but her family disapproves of him. He has no family, is street smart, has a snake tattoo, and his best friends look like gang members. Carmen discards these concerns and dates him anyway. In Leap of Faith , Ernesto Sandoval sees Cruz Lopez running from a robbery. Cruz is one of Paul Morales's best friends, so Ernesto decides to talk to Paul before going to the police. A few days later a store clerk is shot in the head during a robbery, and the shooter fits the description of the previous thief. Ernesto is beside himself. If he had told the police about Cruz, maybe this wouldn't have happened. By the end, everything is sunshine and roses for everyone. Only good things seem to happen to the characters, their friends, and families. Paul turns out to be a great guy. Cruz is innocent and Ernesto is elected senior class president. The books appear to be gritty from the covers and series title, but only secondary characters deal with tough situations. They are dialogue-driven and written for reluctant readers and students reading below their grade level. Recommended for libraries where the "Bluford High" series (Scholastic) is popular.&12; Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY
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School Library Journal (12/1/11)
Word Count: 31,922
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 147495 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q58914
Lexile: HL580L

Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible characters and a compelling storyline. The highly readable style and mature topics will appeal to young adult readers of both sexes and encourage them to finish each eBook. Cesar Chavez HS Series - The robberies in the barrio are becoming increasingly bold and unsettling. After a recent robbery, Ernesto swears that he recognizes a suspect fleeing the crime scene. But is he jumping to conclusions unfairly? After all, Cruz isn't the only tattooed guy known to wear a hoodie in the neighborhood.

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