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Little Chicago

Title

Little Chicago

Authors

Adam Rapp

Publisher

Front Street

Pages

255 pages

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9781886910720

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Single parent; Poverty; Family violence; single mother; living in poverty; poor; impoverished family; abusive father figure

Annotation

Little Chicago opens in the office of Children's Services, where eleven-year-old Blacky Brown is being interviewed by a social worker who is trying to determine what has happened to him. At first, Blacky's emotions are blocked, but then he reveals that he has been sexually abused by his mother's boyfriend, and is released into his mother's custody. Thus begins an alternately harrowing and hopeful story of a brave boy's attempts to come to grips with a grim reality. Mary Jane, a classmate who is similarly ostracized, tries to help Blackie, but he soon takes refuge instead in the gun that he buys.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

single mother

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

Keywords

child abuse; emotional problems; schools; sexual abuse; child services; social worker; drug abuse

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Little Chicago

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