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There are no children here : the story of two boys growing up in the other America

Kotlowitz, Alex. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780307814289 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: electronic
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  • Publisher: 2011.

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Summary, etc.: This is the moving and powerful account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex disfigured by crime and neglect.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Target Audience Note:
Text Difficulty 5 - Text Difficulty 7
970 Lexile.
Reproduction Note:
Electronic reproduction. New York : Anchor, 2011. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1951 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Children Illinois Chicago Social conditions Case studies
Families Illinois Chicago Case studies
Inner cities Illinois Chicago Case studies
Nonfiction
Biography & Autobiography
Sociology
Genre: Electronic books.

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9780307814289
There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America
There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America
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There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America

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In this powerful and moving book (an expansion of his 1988 Wall Street Journal series), reporter Kotlowitz traces two years in the lives of ten-year-old Lafeyette and seven-year-old Pharoah Rivers as they struggle to beat the odds and grow up in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Confronted with violent gangs, persistent poverty, and personal tragedies (a beloved older brother is convicted on robbery charges), the brothers differ in their attempts to survive. Lafeyette replaces his frequently absent father as the man of the house, trying to help his mother and to protect his younger siblings from the dangers of the project. Sensitive and imaginative Pharoah seeks escape through his daydreams and schoolwork. Unless they have hearts of stone, few readers will fail to become emotionally involved with these boys, as Kotlowitz did. Proceeds from the book's sales will be used to set up a trust fund for them, and Oprah Winfrey has bought the film rights. Highly recommended.-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America

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The devastating story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers, children of the Chicago ghetto, is powerfully told here by Kotlowitz, a Wall Street Journal reporter who first met the boys in 1985 when they were 10 and seven, respectively. Their family includes a mother, a frequently absent father, an older brother and younger triplets. We witness the horrors of growing up in an ill-maintained housing project tyrannized by drug gangs and where murders and shootings frequently occur. Lafayette tries to cope by stifling his emotions and turning himself into an automaton, while Pharoah first attempts to regress into early childhood and then finds a way out by excelling at school. Kotlowitz's affecting report does not have a ``neat and tidy ending. . . . It is, instead, about a beginning, the dawning of two lives.'' These are lives at a crossroads, not totally without hope of triumphing over their origin. ( Apr . (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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