Megan Ruder, Amazon.com:
I am an 8th grade teacher on the near West side of Chicago. I teach in a neighborhood full of gangs, crime, and drugs. All of my students are at least 3 years behind in reading. This book was a godsend. Even my most reluctant reader couldn't put this book down, and eventually the kids were fighting over it. I have recommended this book time and time again to teachers to scare students to get their lives together—it is a necessity in an inner city classroom!