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There Are No Children Here Essay

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There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America (or There are No Children Here For short), is written by Alex Kotlowitz. Kotlowitz grew up around New York City. He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After graduating from Wesleyan, he worked on a cattle farm and then finally after one year started working at a Journalism firm in Lansing, Michigan. After he became a popular writer for the Wall Street journal and New York Times. He also has works from The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, etc. He has won many awards for his works and once he moved to Chicago, he started Research for his bestselling book, There are No Children Here. I believe that ...view middle of the document...

They've seen too much to be children. " Kotlowitz writes this book I believe for all of us to understand the hardships of the inner-city, and to inform us what is happening in America right now. He says that his hope is, "that the book about the children would make us all hear, that it would make us all stop and listen". I believe he agrees with the mother that is why he names the book There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. He believes in the way he writes that the two brothers have already seen a lifetime of horrors and are scarred by them. The boys have to deal with gangs, drugs, fights, etc. The boys need each other and need to protect each other and even thought their life is hard, they need to pull through and survive. I believe the author's thesis, Is to explain how hard life is for the inner-city, while in the lives of his friends. He tries to show us an example of what goes on in the inner city, by showing it in the live of Lafeyette and Pharoah.

The author's thesis as I stated above, Is to explain how hard life is for the inner-city, while in the lives of his friends. Kotlowitz uses many sources to help show us and explain to us how life in the city is difficult. In the first Summer of the book, Kotlowitz writes on how bad the Henry Horner Homes are and gives an explanation of the boys where they live and who they live with. The homes are explained as a building with no enclosed lobby, barely any lighting, and Pharoah describes them as "the graveyard". Even during Lafayette's birthday gunfire rings out. In the second chapter, LaJoe explains how she watched the neighborhood decay. Once businesses move from the city to suburbs cities start to decay, which cause the broken window effects. Which make the city basically a black hole, just as how LaJoe explained it.

Also during the book the Rivers daily have to huddle in the hallway to protect themselves from bullets. LaJoe explains how when she first moved in to the Horner Homes that they were amazing, safe, they had playgrounds, etc. Now she said she watched it slowly decay and now is gang infested and the children are forbidden to sometimes go outside. Kotlowitz explains how the police at the end of summer said that one person every three days gets beaten, stabbed, or shot at. They also took 22 guns and 300 grams of cocaine from the homes. These are two examples on how life was in the Horner Homes. Both examples come from interviews that Kotlowitz had with the family. Kotlowitz spend a couple years gathering material and interviews with the Rivers family for his book.

The book is written in Third person. It tells the story of the two boys and their...

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