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The Nickel Boys

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It's the early 1960s, and as the Civil Rights movement begins to reach segregated Tallahassee, the young, deeply principled Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to heart: he is as good as anyone. He is about to enroll in the local black college, but for a black in the Jim Crow South, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for more than a centry and scarred teh lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys, is a devastating, riveting narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
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Product # P7635-G
Author Colson Whitehead
Grade Level 10-12
Fiction/Nonfiction Fiction
Publisher Random House
Multicultural African American