For Joseph Flood, life is tough... Tough because of Mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there's no way out once you're living in a homeless shelter in a North Carolina ghetto neighborhood. And tough because Joseph is enrolled in yet another new school where he doesn't know anyone and has to keep what's going on in his life a secret. Joseph struggles to keep Mama clean and to hold their broken family together while trying to make new friends and join the school tennis team. Can a boy who's fifteen years old win his daily battle to survive? Joseph is a powerful and moving story form the author of National Book Award finalist The Legend of Buddy Bush that looks at what it really takes for a boy to begin to become a man.
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"Kevin Free's African-American rhythms and lyrical dialect enliven the first-person point of view of 15-year-old Joseph Flood. Joseph's father is far away in Iraq, and his mother is sinking further into drug abuse. Free infuses Joseph's simple, straightforward narrative with the complexities that come from living in a homeless shelter and trying to re-create himself in a stable school while attempting to help his crack-smoking mother and control the effects of her excesses on him. Free's reading portrays Joseph's conflict over feeling responsible for a mother who acts more like an adolescent than he does and craving the consistency and love his aunt and uncle want to provide. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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