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The kid

by Sapphire, 1950-

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 20 Libraries 21 of 21 copies
Available (21)
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Bethel Park Public Library Fiction FIC SAPPHIRE
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
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Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION Sapphire
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FICTION Sapphire
 
 
CLP - Beechview African American Fiction FICTION Sapphire
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Collection  African American Fiction
 
Call Number  FICTION Sapphire
 
 
CLP - Carrick African American FICTION Sapphire
Location  CLP - Carrick
 
Collection  African American
 
Call Number  FICTION Sapphire
 
 
CLP - East Liberty African American Fiction FICTION Sapphire
Location  CLP - East Liberty
 
Collection  African American Fiction
 
Call Number  FICTION Sapphire
 
 
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Sapphire
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
 
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Sapphire
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Sapphire
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
Call Number  FICTION Sapphire
 
 
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F SAP
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Clairton Public Library Fiction F SAPP
Location  Clairton Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC SAPPHIRE
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Fiction
 
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Fiction Fic Sapphire
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Fiction FIC SAP
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg
 
Collection  Fiction
 
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Dormont Public Library Fiction F SAPP
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction SAPPHIRE AFRICAN AMERICAN
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Moon Township Public Library Fiction F SAPPHIRE
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction SAPPHIRE
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC SAPPHIRE
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Fiction SA
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Penn Hills Library Fiction SAP
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Shaler North Hills Library Fiction SAPPHIRE
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Urban FIC SAP URB
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Summary
Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.

In The Kid bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious.

A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty- first-century young man's fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul's journey, we are witness to an artist's birth by fire.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Abdul Jones' journey began with the death of his mother, Precious, a character immortalized in Precious, the 2010 film adaptation of Sapphire's Push (1996). Indeed, it's hard to imagine this follow-up coming into being without the overwhelming success of that film. Whereas Precious' story was a grueling slog toward a fresh start, Abdul's is a quest for identity during a rootless string of beginnings, from childhood to a distorted and fragile sense of manhood. At age nine, Abdul was placed in foster care to keep him away from the same horrendous upbringing Precious had faced. He moved from one living situation to another, including a lengthy stay in a Catholic orphanage in which he was abused by the priests and began molesting other students. To endure the daily horrors of his life, he disassociated from his actions, often interpreting them as dreams. This component, combined with Sapphire's trademark, stream-of-consciousness style, in which we are at the mercy of Abdul's racing, raging thoughts, leaves it up to readers to parse out Abdul's reality. . High-Demand Backstory: The list of publicity measures the publisher is taking for this book--including a national author tour and an internet and blog campaign--and the built-in curiosity about the author's new book will creat considerable interest.--Jones, Courtne. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fifteen years and an Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have passed by since Push, and, with Precious long dead, Sapphire unfurls the story of her son, Jamal Abdul Louis Jones. Orphan Jamal winds up at a foster home where he's mocked and beaten to the point of having to be hospitalized. Fast forward, and Abdul, going by the name J.J., is at the St. Ailanthus School for boys, where he's sexually abused by priests and in turn sexually abuses a couple of boys at the school. When J.J. is thrown out of the school, he struggles to handle his own conflicting desires and the rigors of getting by in a tough world by himself, often with very little comprehension of consequences. J.J. is a great creation, if a sometimes frustrating one: Sapphire excels at getting readers into the head of a frightened, enraged, and frustrated wild child, but that isn't always the best vantage point from which to watch this heartbreaking story unfold. This is a sobering and unflinching study of the legacy of abuse, and while the narration can leave readers more puzzled than piqued, it's a harrowing story. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects African American boys -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York :Penguin Press,2011
Language English
Description 373 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781594203046 (hbk.)
1594203040 (hbk.)
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