Twelve-year-old Tall T's life has just turned upside down. His father suddenly leaves the family after drinking a bowl of bewitched soup given him by the obeah woman who lives next door. With his father no longer with them, Tall T must be head of the house and help his mother take care of his five brothers and sisters. But earning money isn't easy in a small Jamaican town. How can Tall T go to school and earn money at the same time? His mother tells him he must be like Jacob in the Bible -- Jacob who dreamed of miracles -- and Tall will need a miracle if he is to help his family survive. Luckily for him, miracles can come in unexpected forms.
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The Jacob Ladder based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a very genuine story of growing up in poverty in Jamaica, told with the patois. Uton, or Tall T, as he's known, lives with three brothers, twin sisters and his mother. His father, Brother John, is a mighty figure in town. He's big and strong, can row faster than any man and plays the devil in the Jonkonnu dance at Christmas. Problem is, he's moved in with the women next door after drinking some soup, and he gambles away any money he has. Tall T can no longer go to school as the new rule states your uniform must not be tattered. He takes himself to the library where he takes charge of his own learning. A touching story of a difficult life and how this boy makes his own way to manhood. Recommend for 5th and up. A quick read.