The Nickel Boys


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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 ...

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Jan 2, 2021

Well Recommended

This was a very good read that kept me engaged seeking the next turn of events. Having some knowledge of the real history of the Dozier school and Tallahassee, it was easy to loos site that Mr. Whitehead's words are proclaimed "fiction". Clearly he did his homework and this should be required reading for kids as it gives invaluable perspective no matter what your personal history is.

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