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.
Family Relationships; Single parent; Poverty; Family violence; single mother; living in poverty; poor; impoverished family; abusive father figure
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
child abuse; emotional problems; schools; sexual abuse; child services; social worker; drug abuse
Rapp, Adam, "Little Chicago" (2002). Diverse Families. 1043.