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Fire in the Ashes

Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Kozol, Jonathan (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and her children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he's portrayed there, to share their journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.
Authors: Kozol, Jonathan
Title: Fire in the ashes
twenty-five years among the poorest children in America
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 354 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Kozol
Contents: The shadow of the past. The journey begins ; Eric and his sister ; Pietro and his children ; Silvio : invincible ; Alice Washington : the details of life
A bright shining light. Survivors ; The boy who ate a giant bag of cookies while he walked me around the neighborhood, and his very interesting mom ; Pineapple comes of age (part one) ; Pineapple in all her glory (and still bossing me around) ; A life of the mind (Jeremy, part one) ; No easy victories (Jeremy, part two) ; The killing fields ; Number our days ; Epilogue : Pineapple has a few more things to say
Summary: Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and her children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he's portrayed there, to share their journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.
ISBN: 1400052467
9781400052462
Branch Call Number: 362.77569 K889f 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Children United States Social conditions Child welfare United States Poor families United States Poor children United States
Topical Term: Children
Child welfare
Poor families
Poor children
LCCN: 2012005183
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Kozol follows the fortunes of people he met decades ago (and wrote about in Savage Inequalities) in a squalid Manhattan welfare hotel and in the South Bronx's Mott Haven ghetto.


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Nov 17, 2012
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Fire in the Ashes" tells the stories of the later lives of poor children who grew up in New York. Author Jonathan Kozol has worked with children in inner-city schools for 50 years and here provides an engaging, illuminating, often moving look at several black and Latino children who once lived in Manhattan’s infamous Martinique Hotel. Upon the closing of that crowded and filthy shelter in the late 1980s, these families relocated to the Bronx neighbourhood of Mott Haven.

As these children grew into young adults, Kozol kept in touch with them and their families through visits, emails and phone calls. In a series of intimate portraits, he highlights the horrific challenges the children faced and describes how many managed to achieve successful lives, both by graduating from college and securing jobs, and above all, by becoming kind and loving human beings.

Certainly, not every story ends happily but Kozol has ultimately written a cleareyed, compassionate and hopeful book. It features Leonardo, recruited by a New England boarding school, where he emerged as a leader; the introspective Jeremy, who got through college and took a job at a Mott Haven church; and the buoyant Pineapple, whose Guatemalan parents provided emotional security at home. “I’m going to give a good life to my children,” says 24-year-old Lisette, after her troubled brother’s suicide. “I have to do it. I’m the one who made it through.”

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