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Fifteen-year-old Ali is making his way in a tough neighborhood, but everything starts going wrong once he and his best friends, Noodles and Needles, are invited to a big-time, high-stakes party. Adkins brings forth the humor and tension in this poignant coming-of-age story, where the ugliness and brutality of the outside world wars with loyalty, honor, and love between friends and family.
Ali and brothers Noodles and Needles are neighbors. While those on the street accept Needles (who suffers from Tourette's), the three boys—attending a forbidden party—discover that not everyone is so forgiving.