BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A group of young immigrants has written a book about how they fled street gangs in Central America in search of a better life in a New York town now plagued by the same gang violence.

The book was a class project by sixth-graders in the Long Island town of Brentwood.

It tells stories of the lives they fled, including paying “war taxes” to gangs and being hit by a stray bullet.

The book is mostly hopeful, with little about the MS-13 gang that has put Brentwood and neighboring Central Islip in its grip. The gang has been blamed for 11 killings of young people since the school year began.