Friend or Foe
From the Series Unbarred
Do the crime, do the time behind bars. But once you’ve been in, it can be tough to stay out.
Ian’s band is finally taking off. But the band’s front man and Ian’s best friend, Orlando, can’t catch a break as a black kid in their white town. Tension with a security guard lands both Ian and Orlando in jail, and when Orlando is held indefinitely, someone will need to take over the band until he gets out. When Orlando chooses Chase, the band’s bassist, to step in, Ian is slighted. As Ian’s resentment builds, he plots his revenge. One by one, he turns his bandmates against one another, with tragic results. As Ian holds his friends close and his enemies closer, no one can tell which is which—until it’s too late.
This modern twist on Shakespeare’s Othello takes a gritty look at betrayal, revenge, and obsession.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, High/Low, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Darby Creek ™, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||120|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.5|
“Jones pens a series of modern-day, gritty Shakespearean plays. . . . The diversity of characters, the situations of high drama, and the shortness of the books makes this series ideal for young adult collections.”—VOYA
Author: Patrick Jones
Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.