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Derrick Barnes (The Making of Dr. Truelove) proves his ability to tell a different story in WE COULD BE BROTHERS (Scholastic, November 2010). Robeson and Pacino only have on thing in common: each is in after school detention for the next 3 days consigned to collating and stapling worksheets and other clerical duties. Robeson, who Pacino calls Crease for the sharp crease in his freshly ironed pants, is an average student who tries to avoid conflict. Sometimes, though, it seems conflict finds him. Pacino, he of the oversized clothes, is a top student who does not shirk from confrontation. How different can two guys be? Yet, each begins to find things to admire in the other. Ultimately, this is a story about friendship, about misconceptions and prejudices, about family, about making commitments. It would be simple to dismiss this book from a glance at the cover. However, Barnes writes honestly about how to effect change even when it seems change is not possible and he does so with just the right measure of humor as well. <269>
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