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Innercity Girl Like Me

In Sabrina Bernardo's young adult novel, a Winnipeg teen gets caught up in gang life, only to find it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Sabrina Bernardo

Maria lives near Central Park in downtown Winnipeg — an area rife with drugs, violence, crime and gangs. When Maria gets caught up with the Diablos, she adopts the name G Child, and with it comes a whole new set of friends, expectations and more. As she becomes more immersed in gang culture, she realizes it's not all it's cracked up to be. Can she break away for good or will she be caught, repeating the same old story? A darkly powerful look at the gritty side of growing up in an inner city.

Innercity Girl Like Me is for readers ages 15 and up.

From the book

I looked up at him but I didn't see Darrel McKay, my friend from the old school or Gina's kid brother who talked to me like he was my own. This was not my boyfriend, my lover, and my confidant. I saw a savage gang member; a replica of his gang-member father who abused his wife for years.


From Innercity Girl Like Me by Sabrina Bernardo ©2008. Published by HarperCollins Canada.