9781680210446. ea vol: (Cap Central). Saddleback. Sept. 2015. pap. $9.95.
Gr 9 Up—This YA series, written at a third-to-fourth-grade reading level, is set at Capital Central High School in the northeast quadrant of Washington, DC, where the students struggle to better themselves in the face of crime and poverty. In Gearhead, Marley and Hector take classes at a technical school. In The Game, Cecilia, a new member of the Stepperz dance team, is horrified to discover that mean girl Brennay and her minions are bullying a classmate with autism. Teen relationships and resolutions are portrayed with authenticity, and though each book can stand alone, most readers will want to read the previous installments.

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