Kinda Like Brothers

by Coe Booth

Scholastic Paperbacks
October 2015

Ages 11 – 15 . Grades 6 – 10

Lexile measure: 660L


Guided Reading: Z+



It was one thing when Jarrett's mom took care of foster babies who needed help. But this time it's different. This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon.

Everyone thinks Jarrett and Kevon should be friends -- but that's not gonna happen. Not when Kevon's acting like he's better than Jarrett -- and not when Jarrett finds out Kevon's keeping some major secrets.

Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. He's gotta do something about it -- but what?

From award-winning author Coe Booth, Kinda Like Brothers is the story of two boys who really don't get along -- but have to find a way to figure it out.
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 Coe Booth's Kinda Like Brothers:

    "Excellent." --Booklist

    "Realistic and engaging . . . A solid story about dealing with problems that threaten to overwhelm and the importance putting one’s own personal pain aside to understand the pain of another." --School Library Journal

    Praise for Coe Booth's 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

    "Tyrell tells his own story in language that never misses in its gritty authenticity." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "A compelling tale of a teen still trying to make the right choices despite the painful consequences." --School Library Journal

    "Booth paints a vivid picture of urban African American life." --VOYA

    Praise for Coe Booth's Tyrell:

    A 2007 LA Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Fiction

    An ALA Best Book 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

    "The definitive tale of the modern African American urban youth." --VOYA


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545224970

256pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝