The Resource The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

Label
The Nickel Boys
Title
The Nickel Boys
Statement of responsibility
Colson Whitehead
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller 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 in 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 on to 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 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. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven 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
Summary
Follows the harrowing experiences of two African-American teens at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida
Theme
Storyline
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Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2020.
  • Alex Award, 2020.
  • BCALA Literary Award for Fiction, 2020.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2019.
  • Kirkus Prize for Fiction, 2018.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2019.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2019.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2019
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2020.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10785442
Cataloging source
B@L
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitehead, Colson
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL940L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PS3573.H4768
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
  • 940
  • 940
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Abuse of administrative power
  • African American boys
  • African American teenagers
  • Racism
  • Reformatories
  • African Americans
  • Frenchtown (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
on1090850760
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385537087
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
6307DE10-0C39-431A-9585-5F8BD813550A
Label
The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
on1090850760
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385537087
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
6307DE10-0C39-431A-9585-5F8BD813550A

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