Joseph (LIBRARY EDITION)

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Tough because of Mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there's no way out once you're living in a homeless shelter in a North Carolina ghetto neighborhood. And tough because Joseph is enrolled in yet another new school where he doesn't know anyone and has to keep what's going on in his life a secret.

Joseph struggles to keep Mama clean and to hold their ...

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Overview

Tough because of Mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there's no way out once you're living in a homeless shelter in a North Carolina ghetto neighborhood. And tough because Joseph is enrolled in yet another new school where he doesn't know anyone and has to keep what's going on in his life a secret.

Joseph struggles to keep Mama clean and to hold their broken family together while trying to make new friends and join the school tennis team. Can a boy who's fifteen years old win his daily battle to survive?

Joseph is a powerful and moving story form the author of National Book Award finalist The Legend of Buddy Bush that looks at what it really takes for a boy to begin to become a man.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Fifteen-year-old Joseph is a great kid but has a difficult life. His father is in Iraq and his mother is a junkie. She has lost their car and their house, is defrauding welfare, and has taken out loans and credit cards in Joseph's name to get money to pay for drugs. Joseph loves his mother, but he can't keep living this way and stay on the straight and narrow. After a fight at school, he is taken in by Aunt Shirley, who knows Joseph is doing the best he can in a bad situation. Should he stay with and take care of his mother or leave her on her own to make a new life for himself with other family members who want to help him be successful? Kevin R. Free gets the characterizations and voices of Sheila Moses's novel (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008) just right. From the young, unsure voice of Joseph to the gravelly, alcohol- and crack-addicted one of his mother to the educated, but frustrated voice of Aunt Shirley, Free overcomes what is sometimes stilted language through accent, pacing, and emphasis to make this story entertaining and emotionally involving. Sure to be a hit among adolescents who may be in tough situations.—Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423392262
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the coauthor of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young adults: The Legend of Buddy Bush; The Return of Buddy Bush; I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott; and The Baptism. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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