Brooklyn 1977. April Lundquist lives in Dyker Heights, a
neighborhood populated by the Mafia. Three hit men live on
her block:
Francesco "Frankie the Crunch' Consiglione, Vincent
"Gorgeous Vinny" Persico, and Salvatore "Soft Sal" Luciano.
When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi
Rinaldi, for a favor, well . . . the girls can't refuse.

But does the favor, along with the crisp hundred-dollar bills
that turn up in their schoolbooks, mean that April and Brandi
are now in with the Mob? Will April be able to get "protection"
for her older brother, Matt, when he makes the big mistake of
falling for the daughter of a big crime boss? And will April's
connection to Soft Sal bring her closer to Dominick DeMao,
bad-boy rocker and heartbreaker?
Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds
Soft Sal, Matt, Dom . . . in April's neighborhood the guys stir up all the trouble, but April
wouldn't have it any other way.
Delacorte (June 2007), Ages 12 and up, 304 pages, #978-0-440-23846-1
"When a story makes me laugh out loud, I love it.  And so, I love this novel...Lurie gets all the
conversations right...just as she writes so accurately about the feelings between
siblings...April is finding her own voice and is one of YA fiction's most memorable narrators."  
KLIATT starred reivew

"Lurie has written a delightful book about growing up in Brooklyn's Mafia-dominated 1970s
...  A classic growing-up-in-America story with a twist, this is lighthearted yet complex, with
just enough gut-wrenching love and suspense to make it an obvious hit with the girls and a
potential sleeper with the guys.  

"Lurie's first person narrator makes this novel come alive."
"Colorful characters make this a thoroughly enjoyable read ... A fun, thoughtful story."  

School Library Journal
2008 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

2007 KLIATT Editor's Choice

2008-2009 Texas Lone Star List Selection
To learn more about the story behind
this book check out my interview with
Cynthia Leitich Smith
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