No Castles Here – A.C.E. Bauer

no castles here

Augie Boretski knows how to get by. If you’re a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible. Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing. . . .

First, Augie accidentally steals a strange look of fairy tales. Then his mom makes him join the Big Brothers program and the chorus. And two bullies try to beat him up every day because of it. Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, an ice storm wrecks Augie’s school. The city plans to close the school, abandoning one more building to the drug addicts. But Augie has a plan. For the first time in his life, Augie Boretski is not going down without a fight.

Augie made me laugh and I was proud of him when I finished the book.  I can remember feeling justl ike he did, embarrassed about certain things, now knowing how to react to other people at school.  This was a good book!  –Jessica, Teen Librarian

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