Tough Boy Sonatas by Curtis Crisler audiobook

Tough Boy Sonatas

By Curtis Crisler
Read by Kevin R. Free , Deon Graham , and JD Jackson

Recorded Books, Inc.
1.38 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781490608129

Wherever your home is, it's probably not as tough as Gary, Indiana. Gary has been called a lot of things. The Armpit of Chicago. The Land of Robbing Hoods. Hell. For the children of Gary, living often boils down to surviving. Maybe these kids get caught up in games of gin rummy. Maybe they spin tops as a way to scratch something fun out of their desperation. Maybe they stand by helplessly as their tenement buildings go up in flames. Or maybe they get held up at gunpoint by somebody who wants more money than he could steal from his church collection box. Award-winning poet Curtis L. Crisler's work gives voice to the children of Gary, shedding some light on their experiences. Kevin R. Free, Dion Graham, and JD Jackson provides a haunting performance of Crisler's bittersweet poems. "Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words ."-Booklist, starred review "These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language."-School Library Journal, starred review

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Summary

Summary

Wherever your home is, it's probably not as tough as Gary, Indiana. Gary has been called a lot of things. The Armpit of Chicago. The Land of Robbing Hoods. Hell. For the children of Gary, living often boils down to surviving. Maybe these kids get caught up in games of gin rummy. Maybe they spin tops as a way to scratch something fun out of their desperation. Maybe they stand by helplessly as their tenement buildings go up in flames. Or maybe they get held up at gunpoint by somebody who wants more money than he could steal from his church collection box. Award-winning poet Curtis L. Crisler's work gives voice to the children of Gary, shedding some light on their experiences. Kevin R. Free, Dion Graham, and JD Jackson provides a haunting performance of Crisler's bittersweet poems. "Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words ."-Booklist, starred review "These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language."-School Library Journal, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The speakers represent voices that are rare in books for youth, and their furious yearning for justice, love, safety, sex, and a good education is unforgettable, as is their hope in what Crisler calls hell.” Booklist (starred review)
“These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Crisler’s poetry paints a vivid picture of violence, poverty, sex, family, and community in verse that demands to be performed, to be experienced beyond the printed page…The language conveys the anger, bravado, fear, love, and wonder of boys coming of age in an urban African American community…Vocabulary, tone, and cultural references keep the collection from being traditional teen-angst poetry, but the language, format, and themes will appeal to teens willing to wrestle with poetry and to revel in language.” VOYA
“Through the voices of urban young men, this forceful collection of poems weaves threads of anger, frustration, sex, confidence, and pride through a gritty tapestry depicting life in Gary, Indiana…This portrayal of urban adolescence, told with such insight, skill, and honesty, is a powerful and important look at the very real challenges of many teens.” Children’s Literature

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Author Bio: Curtis Crisler

Author Bio: Curtis Crisler

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 1.38
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English