The following quotations are important at various points in the story (Anchor Books Edition, 1991):

1. If I grow up, I'd like to be a bus driver.

(pg. x; Lafeyette made this statement when he was ten, indicating that to children in the projects, life is very tenuous.)

2. But you know, there are no children here. They've seen too much to be children.

(pg. x; LaJoe makes this statement when the author proposes a book about her .....

.........19. ‘I feel good not understanding.'

(pg. 280; Here Pharoah once again hides behind his youth to survive the tragedies in his life.)


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