Ten Mile River

Ten Mile River Best friends Ray and Jose are not your typical teenagers They ve escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers to live on their own together in an abandoned stationhouse in New York City s Ten Mi

  • Title: Ten Mile River
  • Author: Paul Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780142419830
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Best friends Ray and Jose are not your typical teenagers They ve escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers to live on their own together in an abandoned stationhouse in New York City s Ten Mile River Park Ray and Jose are as close as brothers But then they meet Trini, the smart, beautiful, and confident girl from their local barber shop, and they both fall forBest friends Ray and Jose are not your typical teenagers They ve escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers to live on their own together in an abandoned stationhouse in New York City s Ten Mile River Park Ray and Jose are as close as brothers But then they meet Trini, the smart, beautiful, and confident girl from their local barber shop, and they both fall for her immediately As tension creeps into their relationship, Ray must struggle to find an identity separate from Jose and try to envision a future for himself beyond Jose and Ten Mile River Griffin has a particular gift for dialogue that not only sounds authentic but also serves to define characters whom he knows inside and out His is clearly a talent to watch Booklist, review of Ten Mile River

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    1. Christian Pizzarelli3/27/15For the third quarter, I read the book Ten Mile River by Paul Griffin.There are two major characters: José, 15 and Ray, 14 are two street smart best friends who have survived foster care and juvenile detention together, and now hide out from their parole officers in a burned-out stationhouse in New York City's Ten Mile River park. They make their day’s pay by stealing, working occasionally, and trying to stay under police radar. The two boys have no parents and live [...]

    2. I didn't like The Orange Houses, but was suprised to find out that this book was actually his first, and I really liked it! Two boys are surviving under the radar after skipping out on juvie and foster care by squatting in a place by Ten Mile River with their motley crew of dogs. When Raymond, the slower of the two, befriends a girl from a braid shop, she falls for Jose and the competition begins. Back and forth, they get into trouble, try to make things right again, while playing the roles simi [...]

    3. It was a quick read at only 187-or-so pages, fast enough to keep my attention even though it didn't have a definite plot. It was one of those books that makes you see the world a little differently, through the eyes of someone else for once. I wouldn't suggest it if you're looking for romance, or high-intensity plot. It was a book that warmed my heart and I think its a good read for teenagers. Teaches a little something about loyalty, about courage, and about making your own choices in life. *Up [...]

    4. Two teen aged boys who met in a juvenile detention center live alone in park land near the Hudson River in NYC. Jose is the handsome leader and Ray the shy,smart and strong one. Ray's loyalty to Jose leads him to make mistakes and pass up opportunities to improve his life. It is a gritty, moving story with appropriately tough language.

    5. So, gritty. So, real. Paul Griffin is a treasure. He changes lives. Every. Day. Recommended for the most reluctant urban reader, ages 13 & up. STAY WITH ME is still my favorite, but this is an excellent novel for struggling teens.

    6. This book is very popular in the high school library where I work. I've read all kinds of YA (it's my favorite), but I just could not get into this book. Perhaps it's because I was spoiled with books like "The Outsiders" and "Snitch". However, now I can talk to students about this book so it's worth something to them. Maybe I'll discover more about it through those conversations.

    7. Young teens Jose and Ray, friends who met in "juvie", live on their own in New York City, squatting in an abandoned building and stealing food to survive. While they can rely on Miss Yolie, who runs a braid shop, to treat them with kindness, most of the adults the boys meet only seek to use them for personal gain. The owner of a body shop pays them to shatter windshields and eventually entices them to steal cars for him, promising big financial rewards. Jose is a slick one, bold, handsome, and c [...]

    8. This novel is a brand new voice on the YA scene with a story that I haven't even remotely comes across in my reading. Ray and Jose are the result of the foster system and have long ago deserted it. Since then they have been living in their shambolic digs, enjoying some creature comforts but doing without many basic needs.The dialogue is authentic, the boys riffing off each other in a way that is very specific to guys. They love one another as brothers but many homophobic jokes make it clear that [...]

    9. In 'Ten Mile River', Ray and Jose are close friends who have repeatedly escaped foster care and juvenile detention centres. As they live together in an abandoned building near Ten Mile River, they scrape by thanks to a series of petty crimes. When they meet a pretty girl named Trini, their interest in her threatens their friendship. Will Ray and Jose be able to survive on their own or will the law catch up to them?Although this book didn't exactly have a plot, it was readable because it was refr [...]

    10. Ten Mile River book reviewBy: Jonathan Andrus If you’re looking for a really good novel to read then I have the one just for you. Ten Mile River. The author Paul Griffin writes about two homeless boys. Ray and Jose, who have been through everything together and pretty much are brothers. They stay in New York City’s Ten Mile River Park. They make their way by stealing and “working”. Ray is bigger and the smarter one. But Jose is still the boss. There are a lot of difficult decisions the [...]

    11. Ray and Jose are on the run from the law. They have fled from their respective foster homes and have created a life for themselves in an abandoned station in ten mile river. They steal when they want something, but are comfortable with their outlaw status. Until they meet a young girl who works in her Aunt's braid shop. Ray wants to go straight and live properly. He has a hunger for learning, and for this girl. Jose, the lady's man, has no desire to live in any way other than the one he and Ray [...]

    12. I picked up Ten Mile River in passing at my library. The cover looked cool, NYC in blue-ish tint, so I put it on the pile. And I'm glad I did.Ten Mile River is the story of two juvenile delinquent teens; the book opens with "Ray is bigger, but Jose is boss," which sums up perfectly what it's all about. Ray is smarter (he reads Scientific American), but feels obligated to Jose, who is his foster brother. The two are hiding out in an abandoned stationhouse in NYC's Ten Mile River Park, surviving b [...]

    13. Ten Mile RiverI really like think book because it made me learn a lot about life and how the world doesn't revolve around you and how life isn't perfect witch was explained by Jose and Ray, Best Friends in this book but see them self's as brothers. Jose and Ray have no parents and live by their self. They’ve escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers to live on their own together. This book was really interesting, mysterious and really funny. this book also showed me how the impossible [...]

    14. I read Ten Mile River by Paul Griffin. Now there are two major characters that the story is centered on. First there is Jose; Jose is 15, muscular, troublesome and street smart. Then there is Ray who is a polar opposite from his best friend (Jose) Ray is on the bigger side, he is 14, and has some book smart. Both Jose and Ray have always gotten in trouble but has always stuck with each other. They have done everything from steal, escape Juvenal hall. They both live in an abandoned building in Ne [...]

    15. This one's about as gritty as YA gets. Yet, it reads true and is very compelling. Try this one on fans of Ellen Hopkins, Walter Dean Myers, Rachel Cohn, Sharon Flake or K.L. Going. Jose and Ray are 15 and 14 years old. They've survived Juvie, Foster Care and the streets together. They do whatever they have to, in order to get by. The two boys have made themselves a family, and are closer than most blood brothers. They each have their strengths, Jose his street smarts and good looks; Ray his bril [...]

    16. Jose and Raymundo are homeless friends who met in juvie hall. They steal cars and food to live. Ray reads all the time and thinks about going back to school and playing it straight. Then Ray meets Trina, the hot niece of the lady who cuts his hair. He doesn't want to introduce Trina to Jose cause he knows they will hook up. They do. They are sent back to separate jails after a car robbery goes awry. When they get out they hook back up in the home they have created in an abandoned train station i [...]

    17. I really like Paul Griffin's novels but I feel conflicted about them. The characters are unique to YA - urban, poor, uneducated - but do they just reinforce stereotypes? Am I reading a minstrel show? I don't believe that's how it's intended, but sometimes that's how it feels when I read about two homeless kids stealing, scheming, going in and out of juvie, breaking into homes, and getting drunk.That said, I still think Paul Griffin is an excellent writer with a fabulous ear for dialogue and a gi [...]

    18. A decent novel of teenage growth. We follow two "brothers" who have nothing in life save each other and who spend the entire book relying on each other - even though its obvious that one boy relies on the other considerably more.An unknown love triangle weaves its way through the story permanently clouding the judgement of the main character and only at the end does he grasp the realism of his situation. Fast moving, some dramatic elements, not overly sexual or violent. Easy reading novel.

    19. Two boys have been in and out of the foster care system and juvenile detention centres in New York City. Jose is 15 and Ray is 14. They are "friends to the ends," totally loyal to each other, and live with a pack of dogs in a shack on a wooded hillside. Break and enters, shoplifting, car theft - they do what they must to survive. Jose expects his life to be short, so he isn't afraid of taking risks. Ray has a tender heart and a strong moral compass; both qualities create conflict with Jose and t [...]

    20. It's such a depressing, yet hopeful book. I loved how Ray could finally separate from José and follow his own dreams. It was very nice of Trini and Yolie to always think of the boys and take care of them, despite the fact that they were both oblivious about the boys' records until the end. The language, though, was sure a little rough, but again--this whole book is about illiteracy and poverty. Anyways, a very soulful book indeed.

    21. Ray and Jose have been together since foster care, juvie, and well, just about for-ever. Brothers (not by blood), they're thick as thievesterally. Jose and Ray would do ANYTHING for each other, but when ANYTHING comes down to holding each other back from their true potential, will the bond between these two last? I enjoyed this book - really liked the characters. Found the dialect (slang) a bit disruptive to the flow of my reading.

    22. One of the best young adult novels I've read this year (200 or so). Wonderfully tuned dialog of two teenage guys living in a shack in the scrub along the river in Manhattan and surviving by stealing and thinking fast on their feet. One street smart, the other book smart, and both friends forever. Funny, tough, poignant in just the right balance.

    23. I have been waiting to read this book for a while. It was recommended to me by several people. This book is very real and very scary. I kept putting it down and telling the people around me, "The characters in my book are not making good choices." As a high school teacher, I found it to be very frustrating and extremely sad, but I liked how Griffin wrote the truth with no apologies.

    24. A solid entry in the "YA fiction about urban teens" genre. Griffin's two male protagonists are both totally believable, if all the action is not. The ending felt rushed and unsatisfyingly ambiguous, but I really liked the journey along the way. It's also gritty enough that it seems likely to appeal to my students.

    25. This book was funny in a tragic way. These boys are always in trouble and so alone and it is sooo sad but they say funny things and have quirky dialogue that keeps the story moving. It grabs you and you definitely want a sequel to find out more!!

    26. Not as good as my last read: We Were Here by Matt De La Pena, similarly themed, but still got stronger as I read more and definitely some laugh out loud moments. The characters are relatable and you grow to care about them.

    27. School library book.I liked the book 3.5 stars. I kept thinking that kids that liked The Outsiders might like it: sensitive narrator friendship, pain About a gifted, homeless, thug. The ending might get inexperienced readers.Read aloud: Chapter 4 pp 22-23 (short)

    28. Love, loved this book. It's raw and honest, so much so that, at times, I was so frustrated by the choices made by the characters--but loved them anyway, especially Ray. Fantastic choice for boys trying to figure out what it means to be men.

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