Set in the 1960s, this book follows the story of two African-American boys, Elwood and Turner, who are sent to a brutal reform school, the Nickel Academy, in Florida. The narrative explores their struggle to maintain their humanity in the face of physical and emotional abuse, systemic racism, and injustice. The book is a searing indictment of the horrific realities of racism and the long-lasting effects of trauma and dehumanization, based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 11th on Top 10 Fiction Books of the Decade(2010) (Entertainment Weekly)
- Best Books of the Decade(2010-2020) (Chicago Tribune)
- The Best Fiction Books of the 2010s (Time)
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)