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Romiette and Julio
By Sharon M. Draper

Hardcover
Publisher: Atheneum
Published: Sep 1999
ISBN: 0689821808
Retail Price: $16.00
Our Net Price: $10.40

Pages: 320
Ages: Young Adult
Lexile: 610

Paperback
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 2001
ISBN: 0689842090
Retail Price: $5.99
Our Net Price: $3.90

Awards, Citations, and Recommendations:

Best Books For Young Teen Readers, Grades 7-10 - 2000
Multicultural - Juvenile African American
Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

Back Cover:    Star-Crossed Lovers

When Romiette Cappelle meets Julio Montague, she feels as though she has met the soul mate who can rescue her from her recurring nightmare about fire and water. But like the Shakespearean characters whoses names echo theirs, Romiete and Julio discover that not everyone approves of their budding romance. In their case, it is because Romiette is African-American and Julio is Hispanic, and the Devildogs, a dangerous local gang, violently oppose their interracial relationship

When the Devildogs threaten to teach them a lesson, Romiette and Julio come up with a risky plan to escape from the gang’s fearsome shadow. But things go terribly awry, and the two find themselves caught up in a deadly reality more frightening than Romiette’s nightmare - and in a desparate struggle to avoid the tragic fate of Shakespear’s famous young lovers.

 

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