In Scarborough, a low-income urban neighborhood, three kids struggle to rise above poverty, abuse, and a system that consistently fails them. The adults in their lives either rise to the occasion or fall by the wayside; together, they make up a troubled yet inspired community that refuses to be undone.
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Life is rough for kids like Bing, Sylvie, and Laura, who live in Scarborough, a real-life low-income city near Toronto. But despite the hardships, there are well-meaning adults like Victor, an artist, and Hina, a public-literacy coordinator, who help them deal with racism, homophobia, and family problems ranging from homelessness to mental illness. Through the everyday challenges of these characters, Catherine Hernandez paints a stunning portrait of a community coming together in the face of overwhelming odds. We were moved by the way she centers the children’s perspectives in the narrative, showing us their incredible resilience as they make their way through a difficult and momentous school year. The stories of these children and the people in their community create a beautiful and rich tapestry—we didn’t want it to end.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I purchased this book. I was blown away. There are so many passages I read and reread again because they were simply so beautifully written. I am an avid reader and it has been such a long time since I’ve read anything so well written. Excellent book. Deserves 5 stars!!!!
This book is not accurate about Scarborough and what happened there I grew up there and it was never like this
This is all book that is all false