1. Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
Thirteen-year-old Socko and his mother move from their cramped, unsafe inner city apartment to a house in the suburbs, where they plan to care for Socko’s crotchety great-grandfather, but they soon discover that leaving the problems of the city behind is not be as easy as it seems.
2. Durango Street by Frank Bonham
This is a story about gangs and how they can control your world.
3. Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
Josh and his mother take off for Sagrado, in the mountains of New Mexico, to sit out World War II. On this edge of a father-son relationship of intense mutual respect and loyalty begins the exuberant bitter-sweet story of a young man learning a great deal, in an alien place, of what life and people are all about. The people are Mexicans, Indian, Anglos… the young crowd and their elders. Chango chasing Josh with a knife. The Cloyd girls chasing anything with pants on and a car to drive.
4. Rumble Fish by SE Hinton
Rusty wants to be the toughest guy in the gang like his brother. Then one day he acts too tough and his brother isn’t there to help.
5. Scorpions by Walter Myers
After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun until a tragedy occurs.
6. Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun by Arvella
Jordan Scott has made his decision to stay in the hood and he knows his mom and grandfather won’t understand.
7. Prep by Jake Coburn
A look at the raw, ugly world of affluent prep-school gang boys in name- brand jackets who talk like punks and put their knives where their mouthsare.
8. Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
David, a young contry minister, started a lonely.. seemingly doomed…crusade. He went into the streets and slums of New York to preach the gospel of redemption to the big city’s gang kids…teenagers hardened to every kind of crime and viciousness.
9. The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron
Brought to Moscow in 1990s Russia by his mother’s abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Includes historical note.
10. Two Crafty Criminals! Philip Pullman
Eleven-year-old Benny Kaminsky leads a rag-tag gang of neighborhood children as they use improbable disguises and crazy ruses while investigating such crimes as counterfeiting and stolen silver in 1894 London.