There Are No Children Here

There Are No Children Here

The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America

Paperback - 1992
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This is the moving and powerful account of twonbsp;nbsp;remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago'snbsp;nbsp;Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complexnbsp;nbsp;disfigured by crime and neglect.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1992.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780385265560
0385265565
9780613024549
0613024540
9780780731875
Characteristics: xi, 323 p. ; 21 cm.

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CPL_Laura Dec 07, 2013

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 b... Read More »


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jpena78213
Sep 17, 2019

I have been re-reading "There Are No Children Here" lately. I once read the book in college.
I became inspired to read the book again after talking to a lady who is from Chicago. She was telling me how about the gangs are.
I was able to watch the move itself again.
I have to admit that when I looking back now and re-reading the book is alot different now than when I read it in your class. The teacher salaries back in 1987 were only about $17,000 back then;.
I don't think I could understand the scope or scale of the problems with the housing, the schools, nor the gangs back then like I can now.
Even though the buildings themselves have been demolished, the same basic problems still seem to remain in Chicago housing. Yet, it seems that police racial profiling still seems to be a problem. But it just seems that alot of times innocent people are at the wrong places at the wrong times.
As for the two main characters in the book, despite intervention from Kotlotwitz and school sadly Pharoah and Lafayette they were both arrested and had been sent to prison for drugs. (Lafayette got arrested for sexual assault of a minor.). The mother herself, LaJoe, supposedly had a nervous breakdown after the book was released.

Check this pre-recorded Podcast out. It is a bit dated but a valuable resource.

Alex Kotlowtiz Discusses His Book There Are No Children Here Podcast
https://studsterkel.wfmt.com/programs/alex-kotlowitz-discusses-his-book-there-are-no-children-here?t=NaN%2CNaN&a=%2C

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bathwater
Jun 23, 2017

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.

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maggielo
Aug 07, 2014

only two copies

CPL_Laura Dec 07, 2013

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.

mondaysomeday Aug 25, 2013

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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