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When I Was the Greatest (Paperback)

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head even if you re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that "Publishers Weekly "calls a funny and rewarding read captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.
"A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing."
Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble and, somehow, it s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.
And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.
Yeah, it’s cool until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be somewhere they never should've been where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving."
Target age group 12 and up
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  • Weight
    0.5 lbs
  • ISBN-13
    9781442459489
  • ISBN-10
    1442459484
  • Item #
    42118
In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head even if you re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that "Publishers Weekly "calls a funny and rewarding read captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. "A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing." Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble and, somehow, it s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. Yeah, it’s cool until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be somewhere they never should've been where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving." Target age group 12 and up
  • Dimensions
    0.1 H x 8.2 L x 5.5 W
  • Author
    Reynolds, Jason
  • Grade Level
    6-8
  • Age Group
    12 and UP
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Subject Category 1
    Young Adult Fiction
  • Subject Category 2
    Social Themes | Bullying
  • Subject Category 3
    Social Themes | Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • Theme
    Ethnic Orientation - African-American
  • Awards
    Coretta Scott King Award - Winner
  • Lexile Level
    740
  • AR Level
    4.8
  • Pages
    256
  • Publication Date
    8/18/2015
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Case Qty
    60