Fire in the Ashes

Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Author(s): Jonathan Kozol
Original Publish Date: Aug 28, 2012
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Product Number: Z100026272
Released: Aug 28, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780449012628
Narrator/s: Keythe Farley
Publisher: Books on Tape
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In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood. For nearly fifty years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation. A winner of the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and countless other honors, he has persistently crossed the lines of class and race, first as a teacher, then as the author of tender and heart-breaking books about the children he has called "the outcasts of our nation's ingenuity." But Jonathan is not a distant and detached reporter. His own life has been radically transformed by the children who have trusted and befriended him. Never has this intimate acquaintance with his subjects been more apparent, or more stirring, than in Fire in the Ashes, as Jonathan tells the stories of young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States. Some of them never do recover from the battering they undergo in their early years, but many more battle back with fierce and, often, jubilant determination to overcome the formidable obstacles they face. As we watch these glorious children grow into the fullness of a healthy and contributive maturity, they ignite a flame of hope, not only for themselves, but for our society. The urgent issues that confront our urban schools – a devastating race-gap, a pathological regime of obsessive testing and drilling students for exams instead of giving them the rich curriculum that excites a love of learning – are interwoven through these stories. Why certain children rise above it all, graduate from high school and do well in college, while others are defeated by the time they enter adolescence, lies at the essence of this work. Jonathan Kozol is the author of Death at an Early Age, Savage Inequalities, and other books on children and their education. He has been called "today's most eloquent spokesman for America's disenfranchised." But he believes young people speak most eloquently for themselves; and in this book, so full of the vitality and spontaneity of youth, we hear their testimony.

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Author(s): Jonathan Kozol
Product Number EB00154566
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: #9780770435950

Professional reviews

"Kozol returns with another heart-wrenching exploration of the stratified landscape of opportunity in America. It's made all the more potent through Keythe Farley's narration. Kozol reflects on some of the failures and successes social welfare actions have had with people he's been close to at different times in his work with underserved and underprivileged children. He traces their trajectory and reflects on his own role as well as how society helped or hindered each person. Farley embodies the older and caring tone of Kozol, teasing out the hope and dismay as Kozol shares his stories. Farley captures the personalities of the different people featured in the audiobook while also doing well with emphasis and delivery to tease out Kozol's nuanced feelings. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"