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The Buffalo Tree [Paperback]

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While serving a six-month sentence at a juvenile detention center, thirteen-year-old Sura struggles to survive the experience with his spirit intact.

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Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Front Street
ISBN  1932425993  
ISBN13  9781932425994  

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Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, most notably Nocturne (Faber, 2002), as well as six novels for young adults. His first feature film, Winter Passing, premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. He lives in New York.

Adam Rapp currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Peer Pressure
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Values > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Teens > Authors, A-Z > ( R ) > Rapp, Adam
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Not about Buffalo's  Mar 3, 2006
The first thing I noticed after reading this book is that the back of the book is very misleading. It says how the main character Sura has to go through some kind of hell, but there is no hell in the book. I was very angry with this because I was hoping for some kind of demons or something. The book turned out to be about a boy named Sura getting sent of to the Hamstock Juvenile Detention for Boys. He is sent there for stealing hoodies. The author uses a lot of strange slang that is hard to understand. One of the main things I didn't like about the book is that it talked about boys in the shower, which is something I really don't ever want to read about.
This book wasn't interesting to me because it has no fantasy in it. I personally found the book very boring and hard to understand. There could have been a lot more detail in the book and the characters were dull and annoying to read about. I would not recommend this book for anyone that likes fantasy books because it is far from any book like that.
A haunting, lyrical story.  May 24, 2002
When twelve-year-old Sura got caught clipping hoodies, they slapped with a six-month sentence in Hamstock, a juvenile detention center. Most juvenile detention centers keep you until you've reformed. At Hamstock, they keep you until they feel like letting you go.

This book, written in the language of the street, details Sura serving time at the center with his patch mate and best friend Coly Jo, who got sent up for breaking into people's homes to watch them sleep. As Sura somehow breaks through the mire and rises to the top, Coly Jo is beaten down both physically and emotionally. At the end Sura is set free, and has learned to appreciate life at home with his mother, though I doubt he'll be there for long.

An excellent novel, once you learn to decipher the street slang. Not that the slang is bad; it adds to the credibility of the story and I learned lots of new words.

buffaloing  Dec 23, 2000
The book is a very boring book. But it has some scenes that are very interesting such as when the guys were in the shower and Boo and Hodge stabbed Demetrius Gord with a pencil. This book shows what happens when you go to juvy hall where you get treated like a prisoner. The boys have no freedom to do what they want or have fun. Some of the characters who were in the story such as Boo, Hodge, Long Neck and Coly Jo were very well played in the scenes that the author put them in. At the end of the story something very bad happens to a main character. I would recommend this book to people who like depressing stories.
The Buffalo Tree  Dec 21, 2000
The book is narrated by Sura, a 13 year old boys who is in hamstock, a juvenile detetion center. The book had some great lessons about life such as that friendship will never die and you should never give it up. It has alot of painful things such as when Sura found the squirrel tail buried in the ground, because it belonged to Coly Jo's, his friend. It also had some action such as when Sura was shadowing the guard and he almost got caught by the gaurd. The story was kind of hard to understand because of all of the slang invovled. It had alot of funny parts in the story too, such as when Sura was talking about Nurse Rushing and how Sura was making fun of Boo, Hodge, and Dean Petty. This book had alot of profanity and some were funny and others weren't. This book had alot of depressing moments too, like when Coly Jo was put in the stink hole. Coly Jo was a great friend to Sura. I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend this book to any teenager to read.
most boring book ever  Dec 20, 2000
This was a very boring book. But I do have to say it does have some high points. In the beginning it was boring but toward the end it started to get better. The reason it was boring is because I didn't understand the slang words at first. But as I did, it got better and easier. I learned some new street words such as cripped, patch, patchmate, and cottage pops. One boring part of this book was when Sura got a new roommate, because they didn't fight or anything. And a few high points were when Coly Jo hit Mr. Rose over the head with a night table and the other one was when hodge and long neck got in a fight. Over all it was interesting to a point. I can honestly say I did learn something from this book.

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