This book is an easy read and will not allow you to put it down. It shows the other America that is rarely talked about. One thing I disliked about this book was how the author would write an event with the boys but then transition to the history of the area. It confused me on what time period was it really on. Other then that, this book is well written and I defiantly recommend it and I will read it again.
I liked this book alot. It was easily written and the language is E for everyone. I have to say that i got so caught in the story i didnt relize who was telling it. At the last pgs. Surprise the narrator reveals who is speaking. I 'll have to read again to see if there are any clues to who they are.
only two copies
Although this is a sad book, I didn't want it to end because I wanted to hear more about Pharoah and Lafeyette, the two brothers whose lives Kotlowitz chronicles over a two-year period in the violent and poverty-stricken Chicago projects. A cinematic page-turner, There Are No Children Here is a book for anyone interested in poverty in America and the deprivations suffered by children. You see the older brother hardening as the book progresses, and you want to get him and his brother away from their violent surroundings before any more damage to the soul takes place. An involving book by a master storyteller.
A very real and difficult to read story that is simultaneously gut-wrenching and charming. I work with people in CHA housing, including former Henry Horner Homes, and still felt completely clueless and disconnected from the reality of Chicago's public housing while reading this. Alex Kotlowitz really shows the human side of so many policy failures.
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