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1 Kotlowitz, Alex There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other A merica
Anchor 1992 0385265565 / 9780385265560 Paperback Near Fine 
There Are No Children Here, the true story of brothers Lafeyette and Pharoa h Rivers, ages 11 and 9 at the start, brings home the horror of trying to m ake it in a violence-ridden public housing project. The boys live in a gang -plagued war zone on Chicago's West Side, literally learning how to dodge b ullets the way kids in the suburbs learn to chase baseballs. "If I grow up, I'd like to be a bus driver," says Lafeyette at one point. That's if, not when--spoken with the complete innocence of a child. The book's title comes from a comment made by the brothers' mother as she and author Alex Kotlowi tz contemplate the challenges of living in such a hostile environment: "The re are no children here," she says. "They've seen too much to be children." This book humanizes the problem of inner-city pathology, makes readers car e about Lafeyette and Pharoah more than they may expect to, and offers a sl iver of hope buried deep within a world of chaos. 
Price: 900.00 JPY
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