For fourteen-year-old Dante and his posse, life in Babylon isn't about making choices but about dodging blows. Dante needs a heart operation, Pook can't afford college, let alone medical school, and Wyatt's going to need more than his sense of humor to squeeze through life. So when the boys find a suitcase full of cocaine, they face an excruciating decision. Selling the coke means escape. But it also means adding to the crack epidemic that has already destroyed their community. Set on the rough streets of a modern-day Babylon, this is the story of three best friends who are about to learn that choices don't necessarily guarantee freedom.
Leonid Gore moved to the US from his native Belarus in 1991. He has illustrated many beloved books for children and is also the author and illustrator of Danny’s First Snow. Mr. Gore lives in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit him online at LeonidGore.com.