The Kid (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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This book is Sapphire's latest, a sequel to Push coming 15 years after its publication and one year after Precious, the film based on Push, got Academy Award attention. It is the story of Precious's son, Abdul, opening on the day of his mother's funeral. This book brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. It is a story of survival and awakening, and of one young man's remarkable strength. We meet Abdul at age nine, on the day of his mother'sfuneral. ...

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Overview

This book is Sapphire's latest, a sequel to Push coming 15 years after its publication and one year after Precious, the film based on Push, got Academy Award attention. It is the story of Precious's son, Abdul, opening on the day of his mother's funeral. This book brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. It is a story of survival and awakening, and of one young man's remarkable strength. We meet Abdul at age nine, on the day of his mother'sfuneral. Left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he canstand behind. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, this story tells of a twenty-first-century young man's fight to find a way to the future. Inti

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606264624
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Sapphire
Sapphire
Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry which was cited by Publishers Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties." Push, her novel, won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and, in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by the Village Voice and Time Out New York as one of the top ten books of 1996.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Not worth it

    This was a very hard read in the way it was written, and the subject matter. It needs to come with an advisory warning on the cover. I understand the need for getting a story like this out there because of it's content, but it's way too graphic for the average reader. It was not written in a way that was easy to follow either. This was recommended on Good Morning America, so I had no idea it would be this bad. It started out easier to follow and then jumped around quite a bit. It leaves unanswered questions after you have finished the book. If I could give no stars, I would.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    There are Many Kids

    Harlem never was and never will be the place to frame an "against all odds" story. This is a tale told twice, thrice and counting. The famed One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Street hasn't moved. Life is still the same: every waking hour is a struggle for children and adults and the latter can be considered orphaned by an uncaring system. Exactly how is Abdul different than a child in Haiti? The boy or girl in Haiti has absolutely nothing, Abdul still eats and is clothed. I'm more willing to pull for a kid in Soweto than one in Baltimore, Detroit or the perpetually alienated Harlem. It is author's like Sapphire that strip mine the ghetto, taking, and reinforcing the mindset that Harlem is a slum-scape. Harlem is much deeper than that, so much more vital.

    5 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Only got to the middle of the 2nd Chapter and couldn't finish....

    I could not finish this book at all. I really wanted to enjoy it but I couldn't. It was very disturbing and just disgusting. I have a hard time w/ thinking a kid can do the things Abdul was doing but I know stuff like this happens everyday in the world but reading it is totally differet. After I stopped reading it, I looked at other reviews of this book and some people either loved it or totally hated it.

    If you have a strong stomach maybe you'll like this book. I was hoping on this book being....I don't know...more about how Precious turn out and how her life w/ her son would be but my goodness....it was just too much for me.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Bizarre book not recommended.

    I did not read Push so was not familiar with the author's writing style and structure, but I saw the movie Prescious and was eager to read the continuing story. I think the book was confusing, especially toward the end when I couldn't tell what was real or what was dreamed. I was disappointed that so much detail was written about the dance project but we never found out how it was received by the audience. Similarly, so much detail was written about The Kid's life but the ending was not descriptive at all, leaving the reader to determine what happened. It seemed like the last chapter was missing. I also wonder how a book like this with extensive raw and graphic sex involving children is not considered pornography. I'm not sure if I'm glad I read this book or not, but I'm certain I won't recommend it to others.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    A Hard Read

    This book was easy to read in the beginning and then it gets weird and hard to follow. I wouldn't recommend purchasing it. It be more beneficial to borrow from someone who already has it. I thought PUSH was great but The Kid is overrated garbage.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Extraordinarily Gripping

    Amazing. From the way we get into Abdul's mind to the way the story unfolds, this is definitely a great follow-up to Sapphire's novel, Push.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    3bNoni, An Informative Read

    I'm not surprised how many readers said they didn't enjoy reading this book. The Kid is not the kind of book you enjoy reading, the same way I didn't enjoy reading Dave Pelzer's A Child Called "It" (a MUST read). It reads almost like a memoir, so in a sense you are reading about someone's life, their journey; someone's story isn't always pretty, most of the time it's downright horrific and disturbing, hence the life of Abdul Jamal Louis Jones.
    This book is truly disturbing to read but to read it is to be informed and provoke thought, to teach you about the value of life, love and a connection to what makes us human; especially when it involves the life of a child. It begs the eternal question of nature vs. nurture.
    I think Sapphire wrote Abdul's story in complete opposition to his mother Precious. Mother and son had horrific, traumatic childhoods yet Precious was able to rise above her situation, try to educate and work herself out of poverty, raise two children as a teenage mother, a network of friends for support and with AIDS no less. She persevered, let education save her, pursued it, devoured it and passed what she could to Abdul. In turn he couldn't do the same; once equipped with a love of knowledge he abandons it, unable to save himself even with the gift of dance, a great-grandmother, a social worker and a girlfriend he allows himself to trust no one and continues to let people abuse him and in turn abuses others.
    Abdul is an angry soul and he had reason to be. With the death of his mother he lost his identity and was angry about it. He was angry his life wasn't better, why he had to suffer. Abdul victimized others the way he felt he was a vicitm and he let his few opportunities slip by without recognizing he could have saved his own life.
    It is hard to feel anything for this man-child character. He has few, and I do mean few, redeeming qualities. What can one expect from Abdul when he learns early that survival, comfort, kindness and love is violent and predatory? On the other hand his mother was taught the same lesson and was the complete opposite, full of love, a yearning for a richer, fuller life and the ability to become better. Fascinating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    What the hell is going on????

    Is he dreaming, is he asleep, is he awake? These are the questions that I have to ask myself after every paragraph. There was no beginning, middle or end. It all muddled together to create a complete mess titled "The Kid". Which by the way "A Kid" could have written a better story. I can deal with graphic if there's point to be made. Unfortunately, the point is there isn't one and this book is pointless.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    People people people

    I haven't yet read the book. Believe or not, the amount of negative reviews make me want to read it more. Push wasn't loved when it first hit, infact I only read the book because I had to for class in 2002. The content is hard to intake, I am not expect this book to be any lighter.
    Also, most have seem to forgotten this kid has DS cause he is the product of insest. He is a son of father and daughter. I don't remember if he is HIV positive.
    As for the daydreams, Presious did it too. It could be something herditary or possibly a mild form of Autisim. I mean, Sapphire isn't about white picket house families or lucky, rich, spoiled and wealty gang banging families that dealt and hustled their way to sliver spoons...without damages until suddenly. I digress.
    This is real life for some, and people know kinds like this or saw this at sometime.
    I get the flipping of the editing too. The general understand about DS, is the kids have damage to the side of the brain that deals with motor skills, social and emotional development more than congnivite thought. Meaning they can have integellent capiblities but are unable to make an outlet (especially a healthy one) to be understood. So in his head it can be a Shakespear but outward he is Jeffery Darmer, sadly cause that is all he can get out of himself.
    This is just a carather and I'm looking foward to him being intresting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Worst book ever. Didnt even finish it

    I had high hopes for this book after reading Push. I didnt understand why it was written in such a confusing manner. The only good part is when the grandmother had the floor and told her story, but i was thrown off by Abdul ejaculating in the middle of her dialogue. I wasnt even disgusted by his sexual acts, unfortunately i was disgusted more by her writting style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Way too confusing and drawn out

    I read Push and despite it also being a difficult read, it made sense throughout the story. In this book, the different sections were poorly transitioned and the end did not clarify more about how he got where he was. It seems to just go on and on with no real plot. Extremely disappointed. Maybe next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    This is an excellent book. I must warn it's very difficult to go thru Abdul's journey but well worth the read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Lifegem

    Padded in.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Sapphire

    She finished the mouse and pushed the bones into a bramblebush. "Hi, Lifegem!"

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Excellent story.

    Excellent story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Silena

    Hey ppl

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Saphire

    Jk

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Sapphire

    I'm right here and ready!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    what?

    i thought this would be better then the frist but it BIT DRAWN OUT. I lost interest and find myself having to leave it and come back when i cannot find something better to read. a real let down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Depressing book

    Very dark and too much child sex abuse for one book. It was written well, but the content was too much.

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