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An urban novel with the power and intensity of Walter Dean Myers's books
Sean is Justin's best friend - or at least Justin thought he was. But lately Sean has been acting differently. He's been telling lies, getting into trouble at school, hanging out with a tougher crowd, even getting into fights. When Justin finally discovers that Sean's been secretly going to visit his father in prison and is dealing with the shame of that, Justin wants to do something to help before his friend spirals further out of control. But will trying to save Sean jeopardize their friendship? Should Justin risk losing his best friend in order to save him?
About the Author
Torrey Maldonado is ateacher born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he still lives. Secret Saturdays is inspired by his life and the experiences of his students.
“This urban tale explores inner-city life for a middle school audience with sympathy and humor, while underscoring the emotional effects of hardship on the characters’ lives…readers will find both insight and hope in Justin’s efforts to help his friend.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)
“This is a story of friendship, survival, deception and relationships…a fast read, entertaining and high interest.”—Library Media Connection
— Library Media Connection
“Torrey Maldonado sticks his finger in an all too familiar hole of a brokenhearted urban community. Playground tough with a sweet center.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling author of One Crazy Summer — Rita Williams Garcia