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Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (Hardback)

By Elliott, Andrea

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The riveting, unforgettable story of a girl whose indomitable spirit is tested by homelessness, poverty, and racism in an unequal America--from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott of The New York Times. Invisible Child follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasa...ni Coates, a child with an imagination as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn homeless shelter. Born at the turn of a new century, Dasani is named for the bottled water that comes to symbolize Brooklyn's gentrification and the shared aspirations of a divided city. As Dasani grows up, moving with her tightknit family from shelter to shelter, her story reaches back to trace the passage of Dasani's ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. By the time Dasani comes of age in the twenty-first century, New York City's homeless crisis is exploding amid the growing chasm between rich and poor. In the shadows of this new Gilded Age, Dasani must lead her seven siblings through a thicket of problems: hunger, parental addiction, violence, housing instability, pollution, segregated schools, and the constant monitoring of the child-protection system. When, at age thirteen, Dasani enrolls at a boarding school in Pennsylvania, her loyalties are tested like never before. As she learns to code-switch between the culture she left behind and the norms of her new town, Dasani starts to feel like a stranger in both places. Ultimately, she faces an impossible question: What if leaving poverty means abandoning the family you love? By turns heartbreaking and revelatory, provocative and inspiring, Invisible Child tells an astonishing story about the power of resilience, the importance of family, and the costs of inequality. Based on nearly a decade of reporting, this book vividly illuminates some of the most critical issues in contemporary America through the life of one remarkable girl.
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ISBN 9780812986945
Publisher Random House
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780812986945
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Elliott, Andrea
Category Award Winning
Biography & Autobiography
Ethnic Studies
Social Classes
Social Issues: Unemployment
Number of Pages 624
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code 362.7/75692097471
Weight 902g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Homeless children - Biography - New York State - New York, African American homeless children - Biography - New York State - New York, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, African American homeless children, Homeless children
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade