The Nickel boys a novel
(Audiobook on CD)

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Published
New York : Random House Audio, [2019].
Format
Audiobook on CD
Edition
Unabridged.
Accelerated Reader
IL: UG - BL: 6.5 - AR Pts: 10
Lexile measure
HL 940L
Status
Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library - Adult Fiction
CD F WHI
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Published
New York : Random House Audio, [2019].
Edition
Unabridged.
Physical Desc
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language
English
Accelerated Reader
UG
Level 6.5, 10 Points
Lexile code
HL
Lexile measure
940

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Compact disc.
General Note
In container (17 cm.).
General Note
Title from container.
Participants/Performers
Narrated by JD Jackson ; acknowledgments read by the author.
Description
As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Whitehead, C., & Jackson, J. (2019). The Nickel boys: a novel (Unabridged.). Random House Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Whitehead, Colson, 1969- and JD, Jackson. 2019. The Nickel Boys: A Novel. Random House Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Whitehead, Colson, 1969- and JD, Jackson. The Nickel Boys: A Novel Random House Audio, 2019.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Whitehead, Colson, and JD Jackson. The Nickel Boys: A Novel Unabridged., Random House Audio, 2019.

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