An absorbing novel. Nothing since 'The Blackboard Jungle' has so stirred the reality of life in New York's slumland.
MAYFLOWER DELL 1670
FIRST PRINTING MAY 1966
The Girl...Natividad-Puerto Rican, black-eyed, feline, sensitive, savage; but loyal.
The Boy...Jose, teenage gang-leader-He wanted her for her budding breasts, and her sleek black hair. But most of all to win a five dollar bet.
The Mother...A prostitute-She wanted her daughter to learn the same trade and there-by increase the family income.
The Teacher...had learned to walk through the slum canyons, but she could not blind herself to the misery and violence in her own classroom.
An absorbing, colourful novel 'Intensely Dramatic'