by Coe Booth

November 2013

Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Lexile measure: HL780L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z

Tyrell's got a lot going on. His father just got out of jail. His little brother is stuck in foster care. The dealers he's living with are taking bigger and bigger risks. And girls -- they only seem to be adding to his problems.

Everybody wants something from Tyrell. His father wants him to go back to being a child. His little brother wants his help. The guys he's staying with are pushing him to start dealing. And the girls he's talking to want his time, his money, his attention, and his love.

Tyrell's got too much pressure, too many choices. He's got to figure out fast what he's going to do next -- before he gets in so deep he can't get back out again.
Coe Booth

Coe Booth is a graduate of The New School's Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of TYRELL and KENDRA, and was born and still lives in the Bronx.


  • Praise for Tyrell:

    A 2007 LA Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Fiction

    An ALA Best Books for Young Adults

    “[A] gritty and gripping first novel.” – The New York Times Book Review

    * “Heartbreakingly realistic….Unlike many books reflecting the contemporary street scene, this one is more than just a pat situation with a glib resolution; it's filled with surprising twists and turns that continue to the end.” – Booklist, starred review

    “[T]he definitive tale of the modern African American urban youth.” – VOYA

    Praise for Kendra:

    An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

    New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age”

    * “From Bronx blocks to Harlem hangouts, Booth delivers dynamic characters and an engaging story.” – School Library Journal, starred review

    “A frank, honest, never-idealized look at mother-daughter relationships, sexuality, and friendship.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    * “The happy (and daring) ending feels truly earned.” – Horn Book, starred review

    Praise for Bronxwood:

    "Readers who have been with Tyrell from the beginning as well as those meeting him for the first time will be utterly invested in his future." - Kirkus Reviews

    "Hope rings true through Tyrell’s sense of survival and responsibility as he cares for his brother, his friends, and his girl." - Booklist

    "Action scenes combine with interpersonal exchanges to keep the pace moving forward at a lightning speed, but Booth never sacrifices the street-infused dialogue and emotional authenticity that characterize her works. She has created a compelling tale of a teen still trying to make the right choices despite the painful consequences." - School Library Journal


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780439925358

336pp. | 5 x 7