by Patrick Jones


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José can't keep up. As the only English speaker in a family of undocumented immigrants, he handles everything from taking family members to the doctor to bargaining with the landlord. Plus he works two jobs. With all this responsibility, he's missing a lot of school. When he does make it, he falls asleep in class. José knows he has to turn things around if he wants to graduate from Rondo Alternative High School. Can he raise his grades enough to have a shot at college and a better life? Or will he be forced to drop out of school for good?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467744829
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: Alternative Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 536,291
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.

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Bridge 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books by mr. Jones
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now I can tell you what living in the projects is like, but only Kenya went through the real pain and betrayal. Family and drugs don't mix, and once that happens the love is shadowed with anger and hatred. Then thats when pain shows its ugly face. She found herself lost from the world. Her life was just a another lost soul inside of the projects. But will there be someone that will save this child, well i guess you will have to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bridge is a sad but amazing story. I live in west philadelphia and what is said in the book is true. Its a cany-stop-reading book. I hav read it over 10 times
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bridge was read by Stressless Moments Book Club in Bermuda. It was one of the best that we have ever read in the whole entire 2 years that our club has been reading. Keep writing and we will keep reading your work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon Jones is a great writer. This book is a page turner that you will not want to put down. It has mystery, suspense and even love all wrapped up in one. I never would have guessed the ending. GREAT !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read!! Solomon Jones has you on the edge of your seat right from the novel's begining and leaves you to rock back and forth in anticipation through the guts of the book and finally collapse in exhaustion as you reach its climax. This was a wonderful and thrilling ride; but why should I expect any different from Mr. Jones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon Jones is phenomenal. The Bridge take us deep into the bowels of hard life, despair & yes hope. Detective Lynch goes back home to uncover the reason behind the disappearance of a child hood friend¿ s daughter. The utterly descriptive narration leaves you breathless as the storyline pulls us into the streets and projects known as The Bridge. Solomon Jones has already made his mark, this is merely another chapter. Sensational novel and must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was better than Pipe Dream, which I thought was an excellent book. He makes sure to capture his characters in great detail, and the story will keep you guessing until the climax. In some sort of sick way, you actually catch yourself feeling bad for the perpretrators in this book and not just the victims. It's worth the $26 and change I paid for it. Solomon Jones has a fan for life with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The thing about mysteries that bug me is I have no patience. THis book didn't let you know who the killer was until the last couple pages & I was about ready to read the book backwards to see if my guess was right (it was). But I read it the right way, enjoyed it the right way, and will be reaching with my right hand because this author is...well righteous! I loved 'Pipe Dreams' and this book was just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Walter Mosley, you'll enjoy the Bridge. The Bridge is a great read and you'll feel for his characters and see a side of Philly's inner city that you only read about in the newspapers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a run down Philadelphia project THE BRIDGE, nine-year-old Kenya Brown disappears. Assigned to the case is African-American detectives Kevin Lynch and Roxanne Wilson. Kevin comes from these projects and knows Kenya's guardian is his childhood friend crack dealer Aunt Judy.

The evidence points towards Judy's lover and business partner Sonny Williams who is an alleged child abuser and has conveniently vanished too. The cops feel if they find Sonny, they will find Kenya, hopefully alive and not violated. However, Sonny is a pro in evading the law something he learned as a drug dealer. The two police detectives know that each minute that passes most likely means bad things have happened to Kenya.

Though the investigation and subsequent police search is fun, this tale has a deeper message about an abundant society ignoring abject poverty and its consequences. Readers will taste the despondency of the ghettos whose basic outputs are violence and other undesirable behavior. The heroes are those select few trying to make a better life outside the hood for their children. This is a strong condemnation of a 'compassionate' America written within a solid police procedural.

Harriet Klausner

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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Bridge blew me away - it is an incredible true-to life depiction of life in the projects - sadly, painfully and skillfully it showed that life on crack ain't no joke. Kenya will pull on your heart strings- so young but so resilient. The character development went full circle - the scenes were vivid - I actually ached because what Jones managed to do so masterfully - was to capture in a story - what so many addicts an destitute people are actually living today - a life of hell. Definitely on my list of recommended books.' Sister Sharon