There Are No Children Here by A. Kolowitz chronicles the lives of two boys growing up in the Chicago housing projects. This book won its author multiple awards and was made into a television movie produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey. The book has been cited as one of the 150 most important books of the century. NO STUDENT SHOULD GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA WITHOUT HAVING READ THIS BOOK. Kotlowitz captures the enormity of the struggle for the Rivers' family to survive, get out of poverty, the housing projects, and recapture their dignity. This book puts a face on those who are affected by the greed of political decisions made in Washington. The Rivers' family is plagued with teen pregnancy, drug dependency, and surrounded by an endless cadre of criminal enterprises enticing them into an 'easier for the moment' lifestyle. Both Lafayette and Pharoah are the hope of the mom, LaJoe, to make it out of the Henry Horner projects. Education and staying in school is their only hope to get out of this darkness of despair that surrounds them. Both boys show great potential, but have already faced the deaths of friends and the sting of racism. Pharoah is the really bright light in this tragedy as he continues to shine in school. School is a safe place for Pharoah, again telling educators how important they are in the lives of kids and families struggling to get out of poverty. As a society we have an obligation to reach out to and help these innocent children up the ladder to a better life. (Feedback about this item is greatly appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES and newly posted products). THANK YOU!!