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''Noonday Jackals'' is a book written by Sandra Leone. It now has a sequel called ''Branding Jackal''.

Jackal is not like most other kids. For one, she has a super-freaky sense of smell. Two, she's getting more powers all the time. Three, she's all alone. She has little to no memory of her past, except for what leaks through over the course of the book.

One day, Jackal meets a boy named Frank. Frank helps integrate her into a group called the Mad Dogs, and she soon gets to know and like most of them. But one of them, Edge, is a real dreg and keeps trying to get her killed. It doesn't help that there's a man who is stalking her and paying people to put her through her paces. What's Jackal gonna do?
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!!Tropes:
* AccidentalPervert: Poor Frank. He's not trying to be a bad guy, but he has to take Jackal underwear shopping and how to use the shower and other things like that.
* {{Adorkable}}: Frank. Axe, too, it seems like. Elf and Scorpio, too - Elf is obsessed with trivia, while Scorpio loves, loves, loves baseball.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: When Jackal kicks "Shades" in the knee, she discovers the hard way that he has a cyberleg - she gets a huge bruise on most of her foot.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Or, rather, Disturbing Laugh. Axe has a tendency to start laughing while he's brawling. It tends to freak out his opponents.
* AnArmAndALeg: Merc has only about half of his original limbs left. Cat and "Shade" both have missing eyes, and "Shade" also has a cyberleg.
* ArtfulDodger: Though they might be a little bit older than the traditional ones, both Iris and Frank have been living on the streets. Jackal even moreso, given that she's been living on the streets for as long as she can remember and is only 10 years old.
* BadassAdorable: Jackal. She's only 10 years old, for crying out loud.
* BadassBiker: Both Axe and Frank. Axe has a hoverbike; Frank has a normal motorcycle in a world where everyone else drives hoverbikes or hovercars.
* BadassBookworm: While Axe is the group's medic, he is also able to kick butt when necessary and is also one of the group's better fighters.
%%* BadassCrew and BadassFamily: The Mad Dogs.
* BadassTeacher: [[spoiler:Shades and]] Frank is this, because he's sponsoring Jackal.
%%* BastardBoyfriend: Edge seems to be this.
* BerserkButton: For Frank, it's lying. For Axe, it's saying that having a chip made you who you are.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Axe might be one of the kinder members, but that doesn't make him any less of a good fighter.
* BiTheWay: Axe and Scorpio are both explicitly stated to "swing both ways."
%%* BigBadEnsemble: The Furies.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Most of the Mad dogs feel this way towards Jackal.
* BigBrotherMentor: Ramone was this to Iris and Frank. Frank is now this to Jackal.
* BigBrotherWorship: Frank was seriously torn up by Ramone's suicide. Jackal bursts into tears for the first time in God knows how long when she thinks that Frank is going to leave her.
* {{Bishonen}}: If this were a manga, most of the boys would have BishieSparkle and everything.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Iris as the blonde, Elf or Scorpio as the brunette, Jackal as the redhead. Though Iris is far from an airhead, Elf seems to be pretty smart, and Jackal is quite fiery.
* BookDumb: Jackal. She's 10 years old, but she can't read and has difficulty speaking in full sentences for the first half, at least, of the book.
* BraidsOfAction: When Iris thinks that she's going to be fighting, she always braids her hair and then puts it in a bun. In the sequel, Jackal starts wearing her hair braided, too.
* BrainyBrunette: Elf. Scorpio is revealed to be really smart in the sequel, even going to a different school, for geniuses, than the other kids.
* BrattyHalfPint: Jackal sometimes. Axe's younger siblings also seem to be this, considering they can't sit still for more than a minute.
* TheBully: Edge and his pledges both see nothing wrong with going after Jackal, who is about 2/3 their age and half their size.
* ButNotTooGay: Axe does not express interest in girls at all - he has a boyfriend briefly mentioned but never seen - but is still only bisexual, not gay.
* CaptainOblivious: Jackal, while paying attention to what the older kids have to say, only really understands about half of it.
* {{Catgirl}}: Dee. She has a tail and retractable claws, even if she doesn't have ears.
* CombatMedic: Axe is the group's medic, but is still able to fight when need be.
* CoolBigSis: Iris helps take care of Jackal and teaches her about the birds and the bees, as well as how to braid hair.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Edge is so upset by Razz's "abandoning" him that he hates Jackal on sight from the moment she breaks Razz's jaw.
* CreepyChild: Jackal sometimes. Or at least Frank thinks that the other kids will perceive her as this if they were to find out the truth about her.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: [[spoiler: Lily has brown hair and eyes.]] Jackal is a sort-of example - she's a redhead with amber eyes.
%%* CuteBruiser: Jackal.
%%* DaddysGirl: Lily.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Whenever Jackal is confronted by a situation, her first instinct is to fight. Even when they're not trying to hurt her (for example, when they were trying to help her after she split her head open), she fights.
%%* DanceBattler: Axe, if Aikido counts.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Iris seems to be killed late in the first book, but is revealed to have survived after the battle has ended, although she spends most of the next book recovering.]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: No one (except his girlfriend, that is) so much as bats an eye when Elf [[GroinAttack knees Hover in the crotch]]. But the second that Edge tries to hurt Jackal, the leaders of the group threaten to cut off one of his fingers.
* DrinkingGame: Take a sip every time someone says the word "frag" or any variant thereof. You will not end the second chapter sober.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Ramone]] kills himself before the start of the first book, which has major ramifications for his mentees in the gang.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Some of the kids, who go only by their screen names. For example, Iris gets super-angry if you try to call her by her real name, which is Melissa.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Both Axe and Jackal. Axe has a chip that makes him amazing at medicine, but he can still kick your ass in a fight with his Aikido training. Jackal, meanwhile, has been geneered to fight.
* EternalEnglish: Despite the fact that this series takes place in the distant future (for example, they live in "Neo" York and drive hovercars and things around), the only changes in the language appear to be the addition of "dregs" and "frag" as swearwords.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When people hear Jackal fighting, they do not assume that she is a little 10-year-old girl.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Edge]]. When his girlfriend gets hurt, he tries selling out one of the pledges, trying to get rid of her by any means necessary just because his girlfriend left him.
%%* FieryRedhead: Jackal.
* ForeignCussWord: "frag" and "dreg"
* FreeRangeChildren: Especially in the low-lev fos-cares, the people really don't care where the kids go. They just care about the money they get off the parents.
%%* GeniusBruiser: Axe.
* GentleGiant: Hover is one of the tallest members of the gang, but is much more level-headed than most.
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: Jackal tends to do things with just Iris - for example, after Frank left upset and didn't come back until the next day, Iris took care of Jackal, taking her out to eat and making sure she showered. She also gave Jackal the "talk".
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Can sort of be seen in the kids' choices of weapons. Most of the guys tend towards gloves and things that can protect when they physically hit. Iris, the only girl whose weapon is actually seen, prefers throwing knives. Jackal's one weapon is a splat-gun, but she also has fighting gloves.
%%* HairTriggerTemper: Frank.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Hover is over a foot taller than his girlfriend, Scorpio.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jackal can get like this, especially in the beginning of the sequel.
* IllGirl: Iris in the sequel. [[spoiler: She's still recovering from being shot near the end of the previous book.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frank is definitely HotHeaded when his buttons get pushed, but he's also perfectly willing to take care of a much younger girl when he sees she has nowhere else to go.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Edge.
* JerkassFacade: Frank is nowhere near as much of a jerk as he originally seems.
* KidHero: Jackal, the main character of the book, is only 10 years old.
* TheLancer: Frank functions as second-in-command in Pitch's gang.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Jackal and Frank. He even tends to introduce her as his "little sis".
%%* LimitedWardrobe: Jackal by necessity.
* LonelyRichKid: This is why [[spoiler:Pitch started the Mad Dogs]] in the first place.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:"Shades" is actually Frank's uncle Garrett.]]
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Frank doesn't even notice that [[spoiler:the "girl" he's about to spend the night with is actually a hermaphrodite]].
He is later shown to be very much displeased that he did not get laid that night.
%%* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Jackal]].
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Axe. He's the middle of 5 siblings. His older siblings both chose their own careers, but he had a chip implanted in him to make sure he'd become a doctor. It's unclear about the two younger siblings, but it seems like neither of them has been chipped, either.
* MulticoloredHair: Axe. Jackal wants this - she wants to add purple streaks to her hair.
* NaiveNewcomer: Jackal. She doesn't even know what the sky is...
* NightVisionGoggles: By the end of the book, Jackal has these naturally.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Although no one's period is specifically mentioned, Jackal, once she finds about it, asks if it's true that girls without their birth-control chip will bleed once a month but not die.
* NoPreggerSex: All kids get a birth-control chip when they're born. You need to have someone take it out, presumably once you're overage.
* NoSocialSkills: Jackal has no clue how to even speak in complete sentences in the beginning of the book, let alone hold a polite conversation with anyone.
* NonLethalKO: Jackal being hit in the back of the head by a crowbar only knocks her out.
* OfficialCouple: Pitch and Iris, and Hover and Scorpio.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Very few people think that Jackal is actually 10 due to her height and her speech issues.
* OneHeadTaller: This is in effect for all three of the major couples: Pitch and Iris, Frank and Elf, and Hover and Scorpio, with the last couple having the largest height difference.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: No one except for Axel and Pitch are mentioned to have any siblings.
* OnlyOneName: Just about every single character - none of them have last names. [[spoiler: Well, except for Pitch and Frank, whose last names (and in Pitch's case, real first name) are not revealed until 3/4 of the way through the book.]] Possibly subverted, though, in that each of them has a screen name and a separate first name.
* ParentalNeglect: Parents who don't want to spend even a few pennies per dollar of their paycheck can sign their child over to the state, leaving them in fos-care until they're 14 and their 'tracts can be sold.
%%* PintsizedPowerhouse: Jackal.
* PrimAndProperBun: Iris' fighting hairstyle.
%%* ResentfulGuardian: Frank to Jackal.
%%* ShortHairWithTail: Jackal.
* SignatureStyle: Iris throws knives. Axe uses Aikido. Jackal uses her fists and her legs as her main weapons, but she uses her splat-shot once she gets it.
* SirSwearsALot: Jackal. She says "frag" way too often for a 10-year-old. Frank isn't much better, either, though he is also an older teen.
%%* TheSmartGuy: Axe.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Or, rather, it lets lots of kids slip through the cracks.
* STDImmunity: The birth-control chip apparently protects against STDs, not just pregnancy...
* TapOnTheHead: Jackal getting hit in the back of the head with a crowbar.
%%* TeenGenius: Axe.
* TeenPregnancy: Doesn't happen because of the birth-control chips.
* TeensAreShort: Averted. The only short ones are Cat, Elf, and Jackal (who's only 10 and so doesn't count). All the others are tall. Even "Shades" is explicitly described as being the same height as Frank, proving that at least some adults are the same height as teenagers.
* TomboyishPonytail: Once Iris teaches Jackal how to, anyway.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Axe (bisexual and chipped). His bisexuality is never commented on, but several of the gang refuse to trust him after finding out about his chip.
%%* WildHair: Most of the kids.
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Axe. Some of the other kids might be, as well.
* WouldHurtAChild: Most of the rival gangs have no problem with hurting Jackal, even though she's two feet shorter than them, as well as about 2/3 their age.
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