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You Against Me
By Jenny Downham
Family is everything, or is it? What would you do to protect your family? What happens when your sister is the victim of a violent crime? What happens when your mother turns to sherry and cigarettes as a coping mechanism? Who will be there to take care of your younger sister, get her to school, make sure she eats? And who will see that justice prevails?
One flip of the coin. What do you do when your brother has been accused of a violent crime? How far would you go to protect your family? Who is responsible for ensuring that your brother stays out of jail? What happens when you fall in love with the enemy?
These questions loom in the well written story of Mikey and Ellie. Many teenagers might see themselves in the decisions that are made and the dramas that unfold. Jenny Downham has told a story that will engage High School students and adults alike.