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Don't Fail Me Now

Don't Fail Me Now

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Michelle and her little siblings, Cass and Denny, are African American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle's part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother, Tim, are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive cross-country together to visit his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle's mind is: Who will break down first-herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won't make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it's never stopped her before.…

Product Details

  • Item #: NTS659617
  • ISBN13: 9781595148186
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 304
  • Grades: 9 - 12
  • Lexile® Measure: 950L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level Z+
  • ACR Level: 5.7

Don't Fail Me Now

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