Daily life is pretty dreary for eleven year old Reggie. She's already mastered the art of dumpster diving for scraps of food and being her own parent. Her mother, dangerously close to a full break with sanity, is of little help. Reggie has invented a dream world where she and her best friend, Tough Girl, battle aliens for glory. Life is manageable until new neighbors move in and Reggie's dream world begins to unravel.
EEdgar is Tough Girl's little brother. He is quick tempered and loves to fight. He'll take on grown men even though he is not much more than a boy. Edgar appears only briefly in the novel but his role is important. He is the catalyst for Tough Girl joining Ruiz's crime syndicate.
Below is a brief excerpt from the novel. Edgar is the middle of a pick-up game of street baseball. His father was recently murdered by thugs and Edgar is a bit edgy.
Edgar was pitching. He had a shitty arm but could easily beat up any of the other players so they were happy to let him have his way. He had just beamed his second batter when the black car crept around the corner. Custom was to move the bases and clear the road for a car, but Edgar was not in favor of the custom. When the catcher tried to pick up home plate, Edgar yelled at him to put it down.
The car honked, but Edgar made no notice.
“Next batter,” he called.
From here, things get violent.