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THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE - STUDY GUIDE / BOOK SUMMARY
The climax of a plot is the
major turning point that allows the protagonist to resolve the conflict. The climax
of this story occurs when Lafeyette is arrested for vandalizing a car, a crime
he insists he did not commit; he is allowed to go home while awaiting sentencing.
Lafeyette is sentenced to a year’s
probation and 100 hours of community service. The author gets both boys into a
private school even though Lafeyette is unable to meet the challenge and returns
to public school. Pharoah thrives in the school’s atmosphere, getting good grades
and learning to overcome his tendency to daydream and forget his responsibilities.
Rickey begins running drugs for one of the local gangs and is arrested for carrying
a long butcher knife. He is placed back into juvenile detention and his mother
believes if he doesn’t get out of the projects, he’ll either hurt someone else
or be hurt himself. The CHA finally cleans out the horrendous mess in the Henry
Horner basements and reclaims the buildings from the gangs. Dawn and Demetrius
finally get an apartment with ABLA Homes, but end up with another child. Both
are still looking for permanent work. Terrence expects to get out of prison sometime
and Pharoah are two brothers growing up in the horrors of inner city Chicago in
a low-income public housing project in 1987. The author asks their mother for
permission to follow their lives for two years as a way of exposing life in “the
other America.” He follows and catalogs their disappointments, joys, and tragedies
over those two years, and in the process, shows the readers what so many people
in our country would rather ignore.
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