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BUCKING THE SARGE
New York : Wendy Lamb, 2004.
T. Farrell is probably the only 15 year old in Flint, Michigan with
a driver's license, credit cards, and a $92,000 college fund. His
moms, The Sarge, has pulled a few strings and now Luther has a license
that says he is 18 and a certified driver. As much as The Sarge
claims she is doing these things for Luther, it is becoming more and more
obvious that it is all for her benefit. You see, The Sarge is the
owner of several group homes in Flint. And Luther has been managing
the Happy Neighborhood Group Home for Men since he was 13. Since
Luther has a driver's license, The Sarge doesn't need to hire someone to
drive the men to their appointments. Luther is pretty much in charge
of everything that goes on with the men. This is a big responsibility
but one the Luther is used to. In truth, he would rather be working
on his science project and other school work. He has won the science
fair two years in a row and really wants a three-peat. He also wants
to go to a good college and become a philosopher. But he knows that
whatever The Sarge says goes. She is a very powerful person in Flint.
In addition to the group homes, The Sarge also owns lots of rental properties.
Some might even call her a slum landlord. Some have called her a
Business enterprises -- Fiction.
Fraud -- Fiction.
Group homes -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Fiction.
People with mental disabilities -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Flint (Mich.) -- Fiction.
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