Your Move

Hardcover | March 15, 1998

byEve BuntingIllustratorJames E. Ransome

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One night while their mom's at work, ten-year-old James and his six-year-old brother, Isaac, leave their house to meet the K-Bones, a group of guys who hang out and do cool stuff. James is ready to prove he's cool enough to be in with them, but he soon learns that the K-Bones are not just an innocent club - they're a gang that steals, tags freeway signs, and even plans to buy a gun. After a dangerous confrontation with a crew of older boys, James realizes that he's put Isaac in danger,and knows that if he finds the courage to walk away, Isaac will follow.

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James wants to be a member of the K-Bones, and he’s willing to prove he’s worthy. The K-Bones aren’t a gang or a crew, they claim, but a bunch of guys who like to have fun. One day, as James and his little brother wait for their mother to leave on the bus for work, James ponders the fact that tonight’s the night. Your Move was written ...

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One night while their mom's at work, ten-year-old James and his six-year-old brother, Isaac, leave their house to meet the K-Bones, a group of guys who hang out and do cool stuff. James is ready to prove he's cool enough to be in with them, but he soon learns that the K-Bones are not just an innocent club - they're a gang that steals, ...

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere . She lives in Southern California. James Ransome has illustrated more than 35 books for children, including many award winners. He live...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 8.88 × 9.5 × 0.46 inPublished:March 15, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152001816

ISBN - 13:9780152001810

Appropriate for ages: 6

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James wants to be a member of the K-Bones, and he’s willing to prove he’s worthy. The K-Bones aren’t a gang or a crew, they claim, but a bunch of guys who like to have fun. One day, as James and his little brother wait for their mother to leave on the bus for work, James ponders the fact that tonight’s the night. Your Move was written by award-winner Eve Bunting.

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Grade 1-5AA somewhat idealized, but powerful picture book about how a good kid avoids gang involvement. James, 10, and his 6-year-old brother Isaac are alone at night while their single mother works. A neighbor keeps an ear out for James's hourly thumps on her wall assuring her that they are okay. One night James leaves their apartment with Isaac to meet up with the K-Bones crew. To prove himself, he must spray paint a freeway sign with the club's name, thus covering a rival gang's tag. He is frightened but climbs the pole to the sign, high over traffic. Successful, the boys leave the scene, but their elation quickly evaporates when the rival gang challenges themAwith a gun. Running away, Isaac falls and is hurt. When they get home their mother is there, called by the worried neighbor. The next night the K-Bones leader comes by to tell James he's in, and Isaac is, too. They both decline the invitation. Bunting's vignette is lent power by Ransome's strong, realistic oil paintings. The text, simple and direct, lets the message come through without preachiness. However, is it realistic for the gang leader to give up on his recruits and for the kids to be able to resist the temptations offered by gang membership? Perhaps the problem isn't this easily solved in real life, but it is good to see a positive view of boys who take control of their lives when danger appears. Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library