The Orange Houses
by Paul Griffin
This story follows three kids through the pressure cooker of inner-city teenage life as it moves toward its crushing conclusion.
Tamika Sykes is a partially deaf student agonizing over whether she really wants to hear all the noise surrounding her.
Fatima Esperer is a 16-year-old refugee who fled the violence and poverty of her unspecified African country to live in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.