YA Books – No Way Out (Bluford High) | Young Adult Mag

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Published by Townsend Press
ISBN 1591941768 (ISBN13: 9781591941767)

“Bluford High freshman Harold Davis is trapped. Medical bills for his sick grandmother are piling up, and a social worker has threatened to put him in a foster home. Desperate for money, he reluctantly agrees to work for Londell James, a neighborhood drug dealer. The choice leads him into a world of dangerous streets where no one is safe. Will Harold escape the violence that surrounds him, or will he become its next victim?” 

The Bluford Series novels from Townsend Press were written to appeal to both intermediate and advanced readers. While content in the series is sophisticated enough for high school students and beyond, the reading level for the novels is between 5th and 6th grade. Each novel contains less than 200 pages, encouraging even reluctant readers to read from cover to cover. Topics, themes, and situations in the Bluford Series were chosen to engage students’ real-life experiences. By having immediate relevance to students’ lives, the books are more likely to keep students’ interest–and teach them the value and pleasure of reading.

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