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Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America - Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol breaks my heart every time I open one of his books. Who knew the suffering children are experiencing in homes in the poorest areas of our country? Who knew how schools, the last hope of many, are giving up on these children? Who knew?Kozol revisits children he has run across in his work in the schools in the past forty years. For many of these children, life has only gotten more difficult and many of these stories end tragically, with prison time and even in death. But there are happy stories, too. As I was reading along, with one devastating story after the other, I was at the point, mid-book, where it was too painful to go on. It was almost as if Kozol realized that, too, and the stories suddenly began to shift and Kozol began to tell the stories of lives redeemed and saved along with the bleak. A book that is a reminder to all of us of the power we hold in our hands to help or hinder those too weak or too tired to make it on their own.