This novel would be great to teach to kids of the inner city because they would finally have a text in which they could relate to. One of the best ways to get kids to read is to find a novel that speaks their language. It may be different depending on the kid but it is much easier to get someone interested in a novel when their culture is included.
The approach I would use to analyze Tyrell would be African American criticism because there is no other theory that could do the novel as much justice.
All kids should start school having to read multicultural texts. Most students are allowed to stay in their confort zones and not have to take on the challenge of analyzing African American or Latino Literature. They stay in their comfort zones for so long that they get angry if they are asked to come out of them.
The earlier, the better!