Brothers in Arms (Bluford Series #9)

Brothers in Arms (Bluford Series #9)

by Paul Langan, Ben Alirez

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Overview

Martin Luna, a new student at Bluford High, is at the center of this story. Haunted by the tragic death of his little brother, Martin seeks one thing: revenge. But his mother wants more for her only remaining child. Will Martin listen to her, or will he allow anger to control him?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013017702
Publisher: Townsend Press
Publication date: 08/20/2011
Series: Bluford Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 436 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Brothers In Arms (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ihs a really good book... this ihs one of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book because i can relate on it and feel for other people because this stuff can happen to them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book so much, and i usually love the books. I do NOT recommend this book, but i will recommend Blood is Thicker and Search for Safety!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book strong and sad mintute to minute your heart is racing what is the protagnainst going to do next
WhatZ_GooD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to others. I recommend this book to others because it is about a guy whos little brother dies during a shooting. Also he moves and he goes 2 Bluford High School. I would rate this book a 4.5.
edenjean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mother who has lost her youngest son. A family torn apart by violence. A new life in an unwelcoming part of town. Martin Luna couldn't protect his 8 year old brother Eric, who was killed by a hit and run gang shooting. Now Martin must try to cope with losing his little brother, moving across town, going to a new high school, and try to stay out of trouble. Well, that last part just isn't going to happen. In his first week Martin shows up late to every class, gets detention and in-school suspension, fights the star football player, and almost beats up his English teacher. Will Martin be able to recover from his brother's death? Will he ever be welcomed at Bluford High, and stop getting dirty looks from girls and teachers alike? Or will he succumb to the lure of his old gang, who insists they take revenge by murdering the guy who shot Eric? "Brothers in Arms" is a powerful story with a clear but subtle message about inner city life. Martin's tongue-in-cheek appraisal of the world around him, coupled with the hardships he must overcome and his raw and passionate emotions will keep readers on the edge of their seat. The author is very good at making you see inside the protagonists head, understand his thoughts, and feel empathy for him. With short paragraphs and a lot of witty and interesting dialogue each chapter is easy to finish. The Bluford High series is marketed towards high school students, although it is written at a lower reading level. It is high-interest, action-packed, and fast-paced, and so readers who have trouble with regular chapter books should have less difficulty with Bluford books.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martin Luna's eight year-old younger brother, Huero, is killed by a bullet meant for Martin's gangleader, Frankie. Martin's mom moves them-- with great objection from Martin-- to a new neighborhood, where Martin can start his sophomore year at Bluford High School. Adjusting to the new school, a new home, and dealing with the loss of his brother spell trouble when Martin comes up against the school bully (and star running back), Steve. Terse but realistic dialogue keep the story moving at a fast pace, and readers will feel for, if not relate to, the soul-searching Martin must do over the choice of avenging his brother's death and living the life of which his little brother would've been proud. While it's not necessary to read these in publication order, it's certainly helpful. I read Shattered and The Fallen before this title, and much of this book was told in the backstory of the later titles. Highly recommended for high school readers who struggle with reading and others who want a quick, interesting read.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Martin Luna's eight-year old brother is shot and killed in what was likely a gang-related incident, Martin is forced (by his mother) to move across town, to a new school, in order to keep him out of gangs and out of trouble. Martin is unhappy at the new school because he misses both his little brother and his gang brothers, but he is confused about the cycle of violence and how to get himself out of it. The Bluford Series is designed to appeal to hi-lo readers and contains elements of mystery, action, romance, and suspense. The plot is linear, compelling, and accessible, especially for struggling readers or readers who may be particularly interested in urban lit. The setting is urban and cultural indicators include occasional Spanish words. The language and style of the book is meant to be read and understood by readers who may not be reading at grade level and contains small words and large typeface. There are no pictures.The whole series is strongly recommended for middle and high school libraries.
elenaazad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martin Luna, a new student at Bluford High, is still reeling from the tragic death of his younger brother, Huero, an innocent victim of drive-by shooting. Filled with anger and grief, Martin seeks revenge. His mother, however, has other ideas. Desperate to keep the only son she has left out of trouble, enrolls Martin at Bluford with the hope that a new, more supportive environment will do him good. Although an understanding teacher and a pretty, kind girl named Vicky try to help him heal, Martin finds it hard to disentangle himself from his old gang and their dangerous ways. "Brothers in Arms" is an engaging book with a thrilling, fast-paced plot. This and the other books in the Bluford High series are unique in that they involve minority and/or mixed race characters in a less affluent urban setting. Without personal experience in this type of environment, it's hard to known for sure if the Bluford books are an accurate portrayal. However, Martin is a very likable character and his ethical dilemmas seem realistic. There are no easy answers. While the subject matter is more appropriate for high school audiences, the Bluford High books are written at a much lower reading level, so they're a great pick for teens who are still learning. They would also appeal to strong readers in this age group looking for urban fiction.Though the style is simple, the story is no less intense and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book ???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Langan & Ben Alirez have done it again ladies and gentlemen.(mostly gentlemen). Martin Luna is a troubled teenager who soon realizes life is too short to go down the wrong path when his little brother is shot and killed right before him. Martin lives in a Chicano neighborhood and hangs out with his trouble making friends also known as the “The Family”. Martins mother doesn’t want to lose another son so she moves them  to a different school and neighborhood. Martin’s first day of school is a rough one until he meets Vicky (one of the smartest and prettiest girls in school. But he soon realizes that one of “The Family” is guilty for the death of Martin’s little brother Huero. If I had to rate it I would give it 4.5 because to some people the storyline is great, the energy of the book is great, everything is great in my opinion. His  troubles were only the start of a new chapter. Seriously this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Recomend to anyone trying to find their way out of trouble and the hood lifestyle.
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BEST BOOK EVER U SHOULD READ IT !!!!!! LIKE NO JOKE :):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's great!
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I read this book in 3days it iis wonderful. The you read this book the better it gets.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book hits home to what the kids in the city see every day some of them see this kind of life as normal and it gives great in-sight to what will be expected of you and how making good decision Vs bad ones will change your life.
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peach19 More than 1 year ago
this book is good for teens who like drama. Brother in arms as tragities that gets martin in a bunch of trouble because he wont to killed the person who killed his brother in the ally.If you lost someone close to you and you tried to find revenge you can relate to how this character is feeling is feeling . The mom try to move to get him away from his friends because she think he is going down the wrong path.