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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America MP3 CD – 1 May 2010

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441734856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441734853
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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" Alex Kotlowitz joins the ranks of the important few writers on the subiect of urban poverty." -- "Chicago Tribune."

"Alex Kotlowitz joins the ranks of the important few writers on the subiect of urban poverty." -- "Chicago Tribune."

"An extraordinary glimpse into the lives of those struggling for survival and dignity in inner-city America." "Chicago Sun-Times
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"Alex Kotlowitz s story informs the heart. His meticulous portrait of two boys in a Chicago housing project shows how much heroism is required to survive, let alone escape." "The New York Times
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"Alex Kotlowitzjoins the ranks of the important few writers on thesubiect of urban poverty." "Chicago Tribune"
"Kotlowitz has achieved a triumph of empathy as well as a significant feat of reporting." "Los Angeles Times
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"A powerful argument against the politics of inertia, hopelessness, and greed, and for a real war on poverty, violence, and racism in our country." Tracy Kidder, author of "Among the Schoolchildren"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 2 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Bittersweet and heartbreaking, this book explores the lives of the children America has forgotten even exist. Lafeyette and his kid brother Pharoah are growing up in desperate poverty and social exclusion in a Chicago ghetto they calls the 'jects. They see their friends killed at the hands of the gangs that rule their 'hood and realise at too young an age that their own mortality may be just around the corner.
Tears are brought to your eyes when the elder brother tells the author what he would like to become IF he grows up. Even before he has graduated middle school, Laffie knows that he may not live to see adulthood. He has been to too many funerals of kids his own age or younger, seen lives losts before they have been lived. No child should have to see that.
The boys' mother, LaJoe, sums up their hopeless situation perfectly when she makes the comment that becomes the book's focus. There are no children here. And in that 'hood, there isn't. Because they have to forgoe their childhoods if they are to survive.
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This book is a must read for all that have ever worked with, seen, or even wondered about the problems of inner city families and youth. It is a shocking and masterful depiction of the plight of urban youth. Kotlowitz does not force his judgements on the readers. Rather, he sets out all of the information and lets the reader decipher and digest it. The reader makes and draws the conclusions himself. It exposes a new side of the problems we see everyday. It provides a perspective of inner city youth that has been long overdue. "There Are No Children Here" provides the reader with a whole picture, not just a negative 30 second news bit.
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Format: Paperback
I can't begin to describe the feelings I had in reading this tremendous account of Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers. Their accomplishments, shortcomings, and daily submerge into the inconceivable violence of Chicago's Henry Horner Homes was masterfully told by Alex Kotlowitz. It rivals other books in its graphic description of the dismal state of Chicago's public housing units and violent-ridden streets. But it far surpasseses every other book I've read in it's humanization of two boys growing up in "The Other America". I've always felt a sadness for those who live in poverty and are faced by insurmountable challenges every day. But until I read this book, I'd never cried over the human toll. This book made me realize that it's not just anonymous statistical figures that make up the poor, it's kids like Pharoah and Lafeyette. Good kids who grow up with the same ambitions and dreams that I did, but without the means or resources.
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