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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Greenwood PL - Greenwood FICTION Whitehead (Text) 36626104059852 2nd Floor New Adult Reshelving -
Greenwood PL - Greenwood LUCKY DAY Whitehead (Text) 36626104072111 Lucky Day Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780385537070
  • ISBN: 0385537077
  • Physical Description: print
    213 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]

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Summary, etc.: "As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy."--
Target Audience Note:
HL940L Lexile
Subject: Racism Fiction
African American teenagers Fiction
Reformatories Fiction
Florida Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.
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