From a three-time Newbery Honor author, a novel that was awarded the 2001 Coretta Scott King award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they've lost their parents and it's up to eldest brother Ty'ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility.
Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty'ree cares, he's just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie's changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility.
Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other--to really see each other--or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mcelhra - LibraryThing
This book was heartbreaking in the most wonderful way. It wasn’t heavy handed or overly dramatic. It was a realistic portrayal of growing up poor in an urban area. The aspect I liked most about this ... Read full review
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The eldest of three brothers chooses to take responsibility for his younger brothers when both parents die. The reader cheers for the young man as he does his best to understand the dynamics of the ... Read full review