Book Review: Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange (reviewed by Cuyler)
Dane Washington is a bully with a code: Don’t hit girls. Don’t hit special kids. And by ‘special kids,’ he means Billy D., a boy with Down Syndrome, who witnesses Dane beat down a guy for bragging about his new car. Dane develops a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the halls of Twain High, and Billy D. takes notice of it.
First things first. Ms. Lange, since I do not live in Arizona and am not able to give you the biggest hug known to man, I guess this will have to do. Even though after reading Dead Ends, I really, really want to on account of how awesome you are. Plus, I’ve heard I give really awesome hugs.
Reason Numbah Tres I Love Dead Ends: I read it in one sitting, which I have also done only one other time. You also kept me awake till four o’ clock in the morning, which I don’t think I’ve ever done. Look at you, racking up all these first-timers. I believe you’ve got yourself a winner here, Jade.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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