Ages: 13 and up
How will Paul DuPree know who's on top of the social food chain? Or how people get ahead? Who makes the rules? Who needs to follow them?
Paul DuPree is working at a soup kitchen in Harlem the summer his father dies, just trying to get by. But Elijah, the soup man, won't stop talking about the social contract and asking Paul questions about heavy-duty things. As the talk of what-ifs turns into reality, Paul realizes the talk is about more than getting by-it's about taking charge of your life.
In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves together political philosophy, basketball, and making soup in Harlem with the depth that continues to define his writing career.