From the book jacket: 15 year old Luther T. Farrell lives in Flint Michigan, and is
determined to get out. His mother, known as 'the Sarge', has
milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes,
and Luther is just one of the many people trapped in her Evil
Empire. If he can just win the science fair this year, he'll be on
track for college and a future as America's best-known and best-loved
philosopher. All he's got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick,
the beautiful daughter of Flint's finest undertakerand the love of
Luther's life; but he's also got to contend with 'the Sarge' and her right
hand thug, Darnell Dixon.
Comment: My children (then 9 and 11) and I listened to Bucking The Sarge together in the car. I must admit that after the first page or ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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