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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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Kirtland Community College Library HQ 792 .U5 K68 1992 30775305531155 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 0385265565
  • ISBN: 9780385265560
  • Physical Description: print
    xi, 323 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Anchor books ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1992.

Content descriptions

General Note: "Originally published in hardcover by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in 1991"--Title page verso.
Accelerated Reader 6.7.
Reading Counts! 7.9.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-315) and index.
Summary, etc.: Examines the lives of two inner-city brothers who live in a Chicago housing project and their daily struggle for survival and enduring hope.
Target Audience Note:
Young Adult.
970 Lexile.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader 6.7.
Reading Counts! 7.9.
Subject: Children Illinois Chicago Social conditions Case studies
Families Illinois Chicago Case studies
Inner cities Illinois Chicago Case studies
Poor children Illinois Chicago Social conditions Case studies
Public Housing Chicago
Social Conditions Chicago

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0385265565
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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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

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0385265565
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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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