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Home of the Braves

David Klass

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

What makes an average American high school suddenly become violent?

As Joe Brickman heads into the fall of his senior year, he's looking forward to the soccer season, when he will captain the Lawndale team. And surely this will be the year when he and his neighbor Kristine stop teasing each other and begin dating. But scary, unpredictable things start happening at Lawndale High. It's hard to tell what touches off the storm. Is it the arrival of Antonio Silva, a.k.a. the Phenom, a Brazilian soccer star who transforms the Lawndale Braves into a contender, and in doing so clashes with football players? Is it the shake-up of the social order in the school, when the Phenom starts dating Kris, and soccer becomes the "in" sport? Is it the brutal humiliation of Joe's best friend, Ed "the Mouse" McBean, and is Ed planning on taking some dark revenge on the entire school? Perhaps it's all of these new twists, and something older. As violence and danger escalate and school officials clamp down with zero tolerance, Joe finds himself searching for the courage to break free from the forces that threaten to take him down with the home of the Braves.

In his powerful and timely new novel, David Klass dramatizes the many ways in which past violence returns to haunt the present.

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Home of the Braves
1The first word of the arrival of the Phenom blew into our school on a Tuesday with an October rainstorm.Soccer practice ended just as the downpour started, and the twenty members of our team sprinted off the field with thunder crashing above us, and sharp harpoons of lightning forking out across the suddenly dark autumn sky. The rain went from a few isolated drops to a cold thudding cascade in about five seconds flat, and by the time we made it to the school and squeezed in through the basement entrance, in our dripping uniforms and muddy shoes, we were as wet as a soccer
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"At the start of his senior year, Joe Brickman expects to be the star of his high school soccer team and finally work up the courage to ask out his neighbor, Kristine. Things don't turn out as expected, however, when Antonio silva, a transfer student from Brazil, turns up and takes over . . . A winning novel with many elements that will ring true for older readers." - Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David Klass

  • David Klass has written several other young adult novels, including You Don't Know Me, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in New York City.
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Home of the Braves

David Klass

Georgia Peach Book Award Master List, IRA Young Adult Choices, NYPL Books for the Teen Age
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