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For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they've lost their parents and it's up to eldest brother Ty'ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility.
Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty'ree cares, he's just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie's changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility.
Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other--to really see each other--or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.
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"This isn't art," I said. "It's our block! It's our life."
If only, if only... Life is full of poignant hypotheticals for Ty'ree, Charlie, and Lafayette, three brothers who are raising themselves after they lost their father to a drowning accident and their mother to diabetes. Each boy deals with his grief in his own way: the oldest, Ty'ree, has given up his dreams of college to work full time to support the others. Charlie is slipping into a life of crime, and is just back, angry and alienated, from two years at a correctional facility. Lafayette, the youngest brother, has retreated inward, avoiding his friends and blaming himself for his mother's death. These three are struggling against pretty large odds, but "brother to brother to brother," they can survive.
Jacqueline Woodson writes with a sure hand and true understanding of the complexity and depth of young people's lives. Winner of many awards for her novels, including two Coretta Scott King Honors (for From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun and I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This), she tells a captivating, honest story. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B002CIY8I8
- Publisher : Nancy Paulsen Books; Reprint edition (June 8 2006)
- Language : English
- File size : 2599 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 156 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #987,344 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lafayette's oldest brother Ty'ree misses their mother just as much. With both parents gone, Ty'ree is now responsible raising Laf and also looking out for middle brother Charlie who has just returned from doing time in a juvenile detention center. In addition to being full of sorrow, Ty'ree is bitter: If he didn't have to look after his younger brothers, Ty'ree would have been able to attend college. Now, he works like a dog in the mailroom for a big company and is tired all the time from trying to make ends meet. Laf tries not to ask too many questions, or cry too much, or to want things they can't afford. On top of it all, Charlie just keeps acting out and getting in trouble. If he caught by the police again, Charlie and Laf will be made wards of the court.
Author Woodson has a wonderful talent for writing about kids in tough situations. You really understand how someone in Laf's position might feel. This is a touching novel about a family trying to stay afloat through some really hard times. Their mother, whose name was Milagro, (Miracle in Spanish) was the center of the family and held them together. Now they must rely on each other while learning to deal with the death of their mother. They already got their one miracle --- can they stick together without one?
This is a quiet novel that you can read quickly. All the action takes place in one day, but it never feels hurried or too busy. If you are looking for a book that makes violence, gang life, and fighting brothers seem dramatic or glamorous, this is not the book for you. But if you want to read a realistic story about how these elements of urban life affect a small, loving family, try reading MIRACLE'S BOYS. Laf has tremendous reserves of kindness and love, and the bravery to show his emotions when he feels them. This whole novel is sometimes very sad, but it ends on a hopeful note. And as is usual with this author's work, it's also very beautiful.
Laf's middle brother, Charlie, has become more distant and angry. He burns all but two pictures of their mother. He joins a street gang and ends up serving time in jail. Once released, Charlie has become harder and meaner. The brother Laf remembered as having cared about animals and their mother has been replaced by this hostile stranger.
Ty'ree has turned down a chance to attend M.I.T. in order to raise his brothers. He and Laf are closely bonded and they share a common loss -- Ty'ree was present when the boys' father died and his experience is a sad parallel to Laf's experience when Milagro (Miracle) died.
Miracle's Boys each find their own voice and way of coping. The boys discuss their rich racial heritage and how others interact with them based on this. The boys' mother was from Puerto Rico and their father was black. Early in the book, Charlie discusses the racial hierchy of street gangs in their New York neighborhood.
This is a gritty, loving and very seious book that will leave an indelible impression on all who read it. Parts of it might make you cry. I highly recommend this one.
Miracle's Boys is one of the best books I've ever read. It's sad, funny, and very serious at times. The title Miracle's Boys comes from the three boys mother, her name means miracle and they're her boys. This book was so good that I couldn't put it down. My favorite part in the book was when the author tells what happens to they're father. I'd recommend this book to people who like, sad /slightly funny books or people who just like drama.
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i found the book to be moving and was surprised by how much i actually enjoyed it.