Being in a Gang

Stories from Survivors

From the Series It Happened to Me

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 9
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Becoming part of a gang happens—but how does it feel when it happens to you?

Being part of a gang is a dangerous and life-changing experience that happens to thousands of young people every year. Discover what it is like to be a gang member through the heartfelt stories of survivors. Learn how it “happened to them,” read their journeys to freedom, and find out more about what causes young people to join gangs in this open, sensitive, and informative exploration.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 9
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Cheriton Children's Books
Imprint Cheriton Children's Books
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF053210, JNF030000, JNF053110
Dewey 303
Dimensions 6.5 x 9.125
Lexile 1000
ATOS Reading Level 6.4
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Glossary words bolded within text, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource


School Library Journal

“[S]upplemented with statistics from organizations and experts . . . this series provides important information for research and for creating empathy.”—School Library Journal

Author: Karen Latchana Kenney

Karen Latchana Kenney was born near the rainforests of Guyana, but moved far north to Minnesota at a young age. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English and has been writing and editing since. She has worked as an editor at an educational publishing company, but is now a full-time freelance writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written more than 70 books on all kinds of subjects: from arts and crafts to biographies of famous people. Her books have received positive reviews from Booklist, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. When she's not busy writing, she loves biking and hiking with her husband and young son in the many beautiful parks of the state. Visit her online at

Author: Sarah Eason

Sarah Eason has authored many nonfiction books for children and has an especial interest in health and social issues for young people.

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It Happened to Me

Sometimes, painful experiences happen. It Happened to Me explores painful life crises that affect many young people through poignant diary entries from composite teens who have experienced these situations, supported by informational text. Every year, more and more young View available downloads →