Unchained (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)


TJ returns to live with his mother, who has stopped using drugs, after spending two years in a loving home, and although he does not use, TJ finds that he can escape neither the seedy environment of his hometown nor past debts still owed.

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TJ returns to live with his mother, who has stopped using drugs, after spending two years in a loving home, and although he does not use, TJ finds that he can escape neither the seedy environment of his hometown nor past debts still owed.

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In an unnamed city, the son of drug-addicted parents finds a loving foster home, then loses everything. Part of the publisher's Gravel Road line, which produces a junior version of "urban street lit" aimed at reluctant readers, the book is attractively packaged with a photographic cover, a small trim and plenty of white space on its pages. Sentences are short and vocabulary simple, but narrator TJ's voice is expressive, even though some complexity is sacrificed to move the story forward. TJ's ambivalence toward his family is clear from the first evocative scene, in which a fight between 5-year-old TJ and his father ends in laughter. His relationship to the Hillside Vipers, a gang that recruits TJ when he is 13, also rings true: TJ joins the gang because he is afraid not to. The emotional center of the book is Miss Dixie, the boundlessly warm proprietor of a group home where TJ lives after the state separates him from his family. Although the redemptive relationships TJ builds at Miss Dixie's are compelling, Miss Dixie's promise that TJ "will always have a place here" seems hard to believe, given how many young people need foster care. Despite a few oversimplifications, this is a thoughtful and accessible story about the many meanings--positive and negative--of family. (Fiction. 12-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606252508
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Gravel Road Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    GMTA (Arlena) Reviews "Unchained" By L.B.Tillit 4 Stars

    "Unchained" by L. B. Tittle was very interesting read. I found it very interesting to see how L.B. Tittle was able to get this family on the right path from..the mother having been strung out on pot and meth...father dying of drug overdose and the child (TJ) heading in the wrong direction of life due to drugs and gangs. This novel is definitely for the student or person who may be faced with these type of situations in their life. I believe this young man problems were greatly helped by being removed from the problem(s) and that being drugs and gangs. By Thomas Jahman (TJ) getting away from that old type of life for a few years gave him some hope that there was something out there greater for him. Having people like Ms. Miller, Ms. Dixie, Annabell, and Billy, and even his Mom(toward the end) was definitely a plus for TJ in making some wise choices. So, what good choices did TJ make? Now, TJ was back to his place at the dinner table with Ms Dixie and all her children. Back to saying a prayer before dinner and back to holding Annabelle's hand. Back home! OK, I have probably told you to much but it is a good read to pick up! I enjoyed "Unchained" and I think anyone wanting to read and know about inner city drugs and gangs would really get something positive out of this read. I would definitely recommend "Unchained."

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