The Usual Suspects

By: Maurice Broaddus

Thelonius Mitchell is tired of being labeled. He’s in Special Ed, separated from the “normal” kids at school who don’t have any “issues.” That’s enough to make all the teachers and students look at him and his friends with a constant side-eye. (Although his disruptive antics and pranks have given him a rep too.)

When a gun is found at a neighborhood hangout, Thelonius and his pals become instant suspects. Thelonius may be guilty of pulling crazy stunts at school, but a criminal? T isn’t about to let that label stick.

With his computer geek best bud, Nehemiah, at his side, Thelonius searches for information that might lead to the real culprit. But sniffing around for the truth is anything but easy when Thelonius’s loyalty is called into question.

ISBN: 9780062796318

JLG Release: Sep 2019

Sensitive Areas: Discrimination, Mild language, Negative attitudes toward differing mental abilities, Violence
Topics: Schools , Special education , Social issues , African Americans , Mysteries , Firearms , Prejudice , Friendship

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First Release

September 2019



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Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 720L


Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination, Mild language, Negative attitudes toward differing mental abilities, Violence


Schools, Special education, Social issues, African Americans, Mysteries, Firearms, Prejudice, Friendship,

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