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The nickel boys: a novel

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Pub. Date:
[2019]
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English
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IL: UG - BL: 6.5 - AR Pts: 10
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In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
 
When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.
 
Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers and “should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation's best" (Entertainment Weekly). 

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
TimeEsquireThe Washington PostThe GuardianSlate, NPR, Entertainment WeeklyVoxVarietyChristian Science MonitorThe Minneapolis Star TribuneThe Dallas Morning NewsLiterary Hub, BuzzFeed, The New York Public Library

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2020
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HL: High-Low 940L
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Last Grouping Update2021-11-30 11:47:12AM
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display_descriptionIn this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
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subject_facetAbuse of administrative power -- Fiction
African American boys -- Abuse of -- Fiction
African American teenagers -- Fiction
African American teenagers -- United States -- Fiction
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Fiction
African Americans -- Segregation -- United States -- Fiction
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BIPOC
Bildungsromans
Black people
Florida -- Fiction
Frenchtown (Tallahassee, Fla.) -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Large type books
Minority groups
Prison fiction
Racism -- Fiction
Racism -- United States -- Fiction
Reformatories -- Fiction
Reformatories -- Florida -- Fiction
Tallahassee (Fla.) -- Fiction
title_displayThe nickel boys : a novel
title_fullThe Nickel boys : a novel / Colson Whitehead
The Nickel boys : a novel / Colson Whitehead, author of The underground railroad
The nickel boys : a novel / Colson Whitehead
title_shortThe nickel boys
title_suba novel
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Abuse of administrative power
African American boys
African American teenagers
African Americans
BIPOC
Black people
Civil rights
Minority groups
Racism
Reformatories
Segregation