A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH

A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH

Book - 2000
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Penguin Putnam
Benjie can stop using heroin anytime he wants to. He just doesn't want to yet. Why would he want to give up something that makes him feel so good, so relaxed, so tuned-out? As Benjie sees it, there's nothing much to tune in for. School is a waste of time, and home life isn't much better. All Benjie wants is for someone to believe in him, for someone to believe that he's more than a thirteen-year-old junkie. Told from the perspectives of the people in his life-including his mother, stepfather, teachers, drug dealer, and best friend-this powerful story will draw you into Benjie's troubled world and force you to confront the uncertainty of his future.

Baker & Taylor
Benjie, a thirteenyearold heroin junkie, feels that he would be able to quit using at any time, but since he believes that there is nothing better in life than his drug of choice, it is clear to everyone he knows that he has no intentions of stopping. Reissue.

Baker
& Taylor

The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem youth on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of several people around him

Publisher: Puffin Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780698118546
0698118545

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elloyd74
Aug 27, 2009

I must've read this 20 times since I first discovered it in 5th grade. It covers a 13-yr-old's descent into heroin addiction from the p.o.v.s of the boy, his mother, his teachers, his former best friend, his dealer, and his stepfather--each chapter written in each character's own (seemingly effortlessly captured) voice. An absolute classic. Childress is masterful.

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