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Song of the Caged Boys

Song of the Caged Boys

Being locked up in an all-male juvie jail is bad enough—far worse when you're tormented by a sadistic guard and your own lifelong demons of rage and rejection. Song of the Caged Boys takes place inside the fictional Rankin Hall as seen through the eyes of 17-year-old Clint Mosier. Clint would like nothing more than to take down his "Number One scumbag nemesis," Officer Rafael Creed, but past failures keep him from even trying. Enter a motley mix of allies: the drug-dealing, origami-making genius, the brother of a terrorist, the feisty little Islamophobic, and the captivating psychologist...

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Cadillac Chronicles

Cadillac Chronicles

"Hartman's effort is fresh and gritty....The mix of humor, gravity, and angst will keep readers engaged, and this debut novel has enough of all three elements to appeal to reluctant and eager male readers alike." Starred Review
   —School Library Journal

"Hartman, author of the memoir Hammerhead 84, makes his YA debut with a hard-hitting road trip novel that's unafraid to show the ugly sides of American life...though the self-knowledge and maturity Alex gains during his travels leave room for hope."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Angry, just-turned-16-year-old Alex, a white boy, and equally angry but very old Lester, a black man, are unlikely road-trip buddies in this novel that transcends its conventions...Alex learns to drive, comes to understand a little of the hard truth of race in post-Civil Rights-era America and spectacularly loses his virginity in a scene that will surprise readers as much as Alex...If there's little doubt about the end of the trip, readers will be happy they've gone along for the ride."
   —Kirkus Reviews



I wrote Cadillac Chronicles as an initiation novel, modern in every way, but rooted to an era when the transition from boyhood to manhood came with rites of passage summoned by elders of the community. These initiations always included three key phases: separation, transition and reintegration. And when a boy returned from such an ordeal, he knew he was emerging as a man...

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