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This book is dedicated to Heavens newest Angel, Schanna Danielle Gayden. Schanna is a thirteen-year-old honor student and star basketball player who was tragically struck down by gun violence in on June 25, 2007. She may be gone from this earth but she will never be forgotten by those who know her and love her.
What does love and hate, truth and deception, friendship and jealousy, and life and death have to do with basketball? Everything, according to Sandra Raymond.
Sandra is an outcast at her school in Chicago and dreads starting her first day of junior high, until she meets the neighborhood new kid, JoJo Barker, on the first day of school. A special friendship quickly develops between Sandra and JoJo, which helps them cope with the daily peer pressures and social cruelties of junior high. Their tight bond seems unbreakable, until they both discover that their mothers are hiding skeletons in closets. Secrets so dark and disturbing that they ultimately rip apart Sandras and JoJos friendship and lead to an irreversible tragedy that will forever change Sandra's and JoJos lives.
Baby Eagle presents an honest look at an adolescent girl's first steps toward young adulthood and the hardknocks she encounters in her journey. Sandra is confronted with gender bias, teen sex, misogyny, parental betrayal, gun violence and death all in one school semester. Along the way, she discovers that she has inherited basketball talent from a father she never knew and ultimately becomes the star player on her school's basketball team. It's just a game, but for Sandra, basketball becomes her salvation while she learns her lessons about life.