Zena Sutherland

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[Durango Street is a] candid and powerful novel about teen-age gangs and the tortuous protocol of intramural gang fights…. The boys are neither overdrawn nor sugarcoated; the attitudes of parents, neighbors, and police are utterly convincing. Although most of the characters are Negro, this is not a story about...

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[Durango Street is a] candid and powerful novel about teen-age gangs and the tortuous protocol of intramural gang fights…. The boys are neither overdrawn nor sugarcoated; the attitudes of parents, neighbors, and police are utterly convincing. Although most of the characters are Negro, this is not a story about Negroes, but a story about the breeding grounds of delinquency. (p. 27)

Zena Sutherland, in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (copyright 1965 by the University of Chicago; all rights reserved), October, 1965.

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