Miracle's Boys [electronic resource] : Woodson, Jacqueline.

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      Summary: Nothing is like it used to be. If it were, Mama would still be alive. Papa wouldn’t have died. And Charlie would still be the same old loving big brother to 13-year-old Lafayette, not a hostile stranger, just back from doing time at a correctional facility. Oldest brother, Ty’ree, would have gone to college, instead of having to work full-time to support the three of them. And Lafayette wouldn’t be so full of questions, like why Mama had to die, why Charlie hates him so much now, and how they’re all supposed to survive these times together when so much seems to be set against them. Jacqueline Woodson brings us the story of three remarkable young men—brothers who have only each other to rely on and must decide whether they’ll work with that or let it tear them apart.
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      Cast: Hill, Dule
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      Audio book.
      Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] Penguin Random House 2006 Available via World Wide Web.
      Format: MP3
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Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018

There's a reason Woodson's Miracle Boys has remained a staple of YA literature for almost 20 years: it's a timeless story of a boy trying to find his place while sorting through complex teenage emotions. Lafayette lives in New York City with his two older brothers. His daddy died before he was born, and his momma died when he was nine. His eldest brother, Ty'ree, has taken responsibility for caring for his brothers, a task made more difficult by middle-brother Charlie's recent release from a correctional facility, where he was detained for armed robbery. Actor Hill's warmly effective narration immerses listeners in the characters and their story. Hill moves from Charlie's hard coldness to the wise, warm, paternal voice of Ty'ree to the quiet, contemplative voice of Lafayette, who tries to figure out his role in the family. Hill creates authentic characters, and his narration underlines the power of this story of love, loss, and brotherhood. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2001 September #2

Currently riding high with a role in TV's The West Wing, actor Hill's hip reputation and powerful performance here are a perfect match for Woodson's affecting novel about three orphaned African-American brothers struggling to stay together and survive on their own in contemporary New York City. Hill narrates as sensitive, 13-year-old Lafayette, youngest of the three siblings, who is trying to cope with the stresses that often overwhelm him. He's still haunted by the memories of finding his mother Milagro, or Miracle, dead from illness, and confused by the evil actions of middle brother Charlie, recently released from a juvenile detention center. As a stabilizing, caring force, oldest brother Ty'ree works hard to hold the family together in the face of great personal sacrifice. Woodson's realistic situations and dialogue are given even more resonance via Hill's comfortable delivery. And her message of love and hope winning out shines through loud and clear when Hill rises to the emotional, but never sappy, conclusion. Ages 10-14. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.