Emako Blue by Brenda Woods
(This is our first STUDENT-WRITTEN book review. Go Markia!)
Emako Blue is one of the best books ever. It made me laugh and cry. It is available at the Armijo High School library so anyone can pick it up easily.
We all know that Los Angeles has a history of gang violence. This story is about one event between the Crips and the Bloods, two of the most well-known gangs in South Central Los Angeles.
Emako Blue is a teenage girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of her house. The story focuses on love, friendship and the dangers of gangs. In the novel, Emako has a talent for both singing and making friends, but when the terrible shooting occurs, her family and friends experience a pain and lost from which they can never fully recover.
The author, Brenda Woods, thought of this idea after talking to some people who had lost loved ones to gang violence. She wanted young teens to realize the consequence of gang violence for themselves and for the people around them. This story was very interesting because it portrayed real-life situations and feelings. It is definitely worth checking out and it will leave the reader thinking about life.
Markia class of ’11
Update October 2008–We have lots of copies of this great book here at BHS!