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Remy has just been released from juvenile detention and is back in his old neighborhood. He went away because he severely assaulted a guy who insulted his girlfriend, Asia. As a white boy dating an immigrant, Remy has had to withstand a lot of the racism that exists in the inner-city, from strangers, his family and even the police. When the white kids and the “outsiders” start scrapping over the local basketball court, Remy is caught between sticking up for his friends and siding with Asia.
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Norah McClintock
Orca Book Publishers
Copyright © Norah McClintock 
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
McClintock, Norah Down / written by Norah McClintock.
(Orca soundings) ISBN 8--55-68- (bound) ISBN 8--55-66-8 (pbk.)
I. Title. PS855.C6D6  jC8’.5 C-8-5
Summary:After serving time for assault, Remy must learn to control his anger.
First published in the United States, 2007 Library of Congress Control Number:2007930413
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover design: Teresa Bubela Cover photography: Getty Images
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I’m bàCk àboU hRee dàys When I RUn ino asià. She’s àCRoss he sRee Wih heR fRiend Lissà. They’Re àlking. Lissà sàys somehing, ànd asià làUghs. Then she URns heR heàd ànd sees me. I’m jUs sànding heRe sàRing à heR. She looks een pReieR hàn I RemembeR, WhiCh is Reàlly somehing beCàUse asià’s one of  hose g i Rls Who b elongs i n à màgàzine, she’s hà beàUifUl. YoU don’
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een noiCe heR hànd—à leàs, I don’. HeR bRoWn eyes mee mine, ànd heR Whole fàCe Chànges. She looks sURpRised o see me. well, Why no? I only WRoe o heR WiCe— onCe àlmos às soon às I Wen àWày ànd onCe moRe àfeR I go heR fiRs leeR. afeR hà, she kep WRiing, bU I sopped Reàding. I didn’ Reàd àny leeRs fRom ànyone, no hà màny people WRoe o me. whà Wàs he poin of Reàding leeRs? They WoUld jUs ell me àboU sUff hà Wàs hàppening WihoU me. I WoUld be like no one een missed me oR noiCed I Wàs gone. Finàlly he leeRs fRom asià sopped. BU hey pRobàbly WoUldn’ hàe if I’d WRien bàCk. and noW heRe she is, looking àCRoss he sRee à me, sURpRised, ànd hen—boy, i’s à miRàCle—she smiles à me. Lissà doesn’ smile, hoUgh. Lissà gloWeRs à me ànd sàys somehing o asià. She shàkes heR heàd When asià RUns àCRoss he sRee oWàRd me. “remy,” she sàys, bReàhless. “I hoUgh I Wàs seeing hings. No one old me yoU
WeRe bàCk.” She’s looking me oeR like she Càn’ beliee I’m Reàlly heRe. I màkes me feel pRey good. “HoW àRe yoU, remy?” she sàys. I ell heR I’m fine. I ell heR I’m bàCk liing Wih my moheR ànd my siseR. BU I don’ ell heR hoW WeiRd hey boh àC àRoUnd me ànd hoW I feel like à sRàngeR in my oWn hoUse noW. Then asià’s expRession Chànges. She ges seRioUs ànd looks à lile WoRRied. She sàys, “YoU sopped WRiing o me.” I don’ knoW Whà o sày o hà, so I jUs shRUg. “a R e yoU m à d à me, remy? ” she sàys. Màd à heR? HoW CoUld I eeR be màd à heR? “YoU WRoe me Wo leeRs. I Wàs so glàd o heàR fRom yoU. BU hen yoU sopped.” She hesiàes ànd looks bàCk àCRoss he sRee à Lissà, Who’s Wàiing foR heR. Lissà doesn’ look màd ànymoRe. She looks WoRRied, like she’s àfRàid màybe I’ll do somehing o asià. “YoU sopped WRiing