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Winner of the 2022 Indie Book Award for Children's Fiction.
Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble – and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be, somewhere they never should’ve been – where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.