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The nickel boys : a novel / Colson Whitehead.


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Rockville Public Library F WHI (Text to phone) 34035144453905 Adult Fiction In transit -
Ansonia Public Library FIC WHITEHEAD, COLSON (Text to phone) 34045120743575 Adult Fiction On holds shelf -
Babcock Library - Ashford F Whi (Text to phone) 33110144140892 Adult Fiction Checked out 11/10/2020
Beacon Falls Public Library FIC WHI (Text to phone) 33120000392412 Adult Fiction On holds shelf -
Beacon Falls Public Library FIC WHI (Text to phone) 33120143470182 Adult Fiction On holds shelf -
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton FIC Whi (Text to phone) 33160142927196 Adult Fiction Available -
Bethel Public Library WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 34030142866109 Adult Fiction Checked out 11/16/2020
Black Rock Branch - Bridgeport FIC WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 34000081515454 Adult New Fiction Checked out 11/18/2020
Brookfield Library F/WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 34029145636923 Adult Fiction In transit -
Burnham Library - Bridgewater FIC WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 36937000628959 Adult Fiction Available -
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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." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. 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."00In 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.
Subject: African American teenagers > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Reformatories > Fiction.
Florida > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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