Everything you need to understand or teach Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks.
Rule of Bone is a coming of age story, set partly in the teenage wasteland of upper New York, and partly in the sunny and seedy paradise of Jamaica. Chappie is a thirteen-year-old misfit with a burgeoning drug habit, living with his mother and his abusive stepfather Ken in Au Sable, a small town in upstate New York. Chappie's flight from his abusive home is a tale of delinquency, crime, friendship, and heartbreak.
To support his growing dependence on marijuana, thirteen-year-old Chappie begins pawning items from the home of his mother and stepfather. After pawning off a collection of rare coins given to his mother by his grandmother, Chappie is kicked out of the house. He finds a chaotic home in the apartment of his friend Russ, a sixteen year old run away who works at a video store in the same building. Russ sublets... View more of the Rule of the Bone: A Novel Summary
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