Grades 9 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 7.1
Lexile® Measure: 600L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: NR
- General Fiction
- Character and Values
- African American
- Friends and Friendship
About This Book"Johnny, you're leaving us tonight . . . "
Fifteen-year-old Johnny Gibbs does, well in school, respects his teachers, and loves his family. Then suddenly, with a few short words, his idyllic life is shattered. He learns that the family he has loved all his life is not his own, but a foster family. And now he is being sent to live with someone else.
Shocked by the news, Johnny does the only thing he can think of: he runs. Leaving his childhood behind forever, Johnny takes to the streets where he learns about living life--the hard way.
Richard Wright, internationally acclaimed author of "Black Boy" and "Native Son," gives us a coming-of-age story as compelling today as when it was first written, over fifty years ago. Johnny Gibbs arrives home jubilantly one day with his straight A report card to find his belongings packed and his mother and sister distraught. Devastated when they tell him that he is not their blood relative and that he is being sent to a new foster home, he runs away. His secure world quickly shatters into a nightmare of subways, dark alleys, theft and street warfare. . . . Striking characters, vivid dialogue, dramatic descriptions, and enduring themes introduce a enw generation of readers to Wright s powerful voice. SLJ.
Notable 1995 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)