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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, A True Story in Black and White Hey,TGIF I love to read graphic novels for many reasons, one of them is to chill and relax after a long, pleasant week of reading seriously good novels One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas, she has an interest in art, so I checked him out This is one serious read about life and learning some hard lessons, no matter where you come from Check out what is between the covers Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty e Hey,TGIF I love to read graphic novels for many reasons, one of them is to chill and relax after a long, pleasant week of reading seriously good novels One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas, she has an interest in art, so I checked him out This is one serious read about life and learning some hard lessons, no matter where you come from Check out what is between the covers Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children, and First Lady Michelle Obama called him one of my heroes, Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told I felt I gotthen I bargained for in this one, but in a good way I don t think it matters where you grew up, one of these characters should be able to speak to you in some way The artwork was a good marriage to the story and made itbelievable and tangible for me The colors were well chosen and the characters weren t too sharply drawn, giving the story its due without being distracting or taking away from the direction of it Looking for a challenge Give this graphic a try and go back in time What are you reading today Have you checked out our new blogtalk radio show The GZONE Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari, The Novel Spot Twitter Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on Did you know you can shop directly onby clicking theBanner on our blog Thanks for stopping by today We will see you tomorrow Have a great day Library Binding EditionLong before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children, and First Lady Michelle Obama called him one of my heroes, Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told ❰Ebook❯ ➦ Rumor Has It (Texas Cattleman’s Club: A Missing Mogul Author Maureen Child – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children ❴BOOKS❵ ✯ CEOs Marriage Seduction / His Style of Seduction Author Anna DePalo – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and First Lady Michelle Obama called him one of my heroes ❰Reading❯ ➸ ネクラートホリック [Nekrateholic] Author Maguro Wasabi – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist [Epub] ❧ Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death By W.J. Burley – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk stick [Reading] ➹ All The Flowers in Paris By Sarah Jio – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk knife ➚ [KINDLE] ❄ Flashpoint By Connie Hall ➤ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and [PDF / Epub] ❤ Baby Twins ✅ Teresa Carpenter – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk finally ❰BOOKS❯ ✭ Found Author Amy Andrews – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk gun In a stunning pairing ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Preachers Wife & Crescent City Courtship By Cheryl St John ➲ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada s raw and riveting account ➾ The Kanellis Scandal Free ➵ Author Michelle Reid – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action, drama, and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic, but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn t usually read a book without being forced to and that week I went straight to reading my book on my own I would recommend this book to anyone thats looking This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action, drama, and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic, but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn t usually read a book without being forced to and that week I went straight to reading my book on my own I would recommend this book to anyone thats looking for a book that teaches you a life lesson or to inspire you because this book definitely inspired me to know that its never to late to change who you are because of the message to it Its time to do something while we still have time This was really amazing, eye opening, and scary Although it is clearly meant to educate, the story avoids being preachy, and I was completely drawn in Is it appropriate for middle schoolers I think it would be a great book to read and discuss, because there is a lot to process Ultimately I think everyone should read this at some point maybe in eighth grade, maybe later, depending on the student and whether they have a chance to talk about it with an adult Some people might be put off by t This was really amazing, eye opening, and scary Although it is clearly meant to educate, the story avoids being preachy, and I was completely drawn in Is it appropriate for middle schoolers I think it would be a great book to read and discuss, because there is a lot to process Ultimately I think everyone should read this at some point maybe in eighth grade, maybe later, depending on the student and whether they have a chance to talk about it with an adult Some people might be put off by the trash talking language, but the real story being told is too important to focus on the way people talk when they re trying to be tough It s an inspiring story that I will definitely be curious to learnabout I m going to echo all of the positive reviews here, with one quibble On the last page of his own story, view spoiler Canada attributes his own decision to throw away a gun to his Christian faith fair enough, if that was his experience but then goes on to assert that young men not raised in the church cannot possibly have a moral center from which to make such ethical decisions That left a bad taste in my mouth as I closed what was otherwise a remarkably insightful book That one problemati I m going to echo all of the positive reviews here, with one quibble On the last page of his own story, view spoiler Canada attributes his own decision to throw away a gun to his Christian faith fair enough, if that was his experience but then goes on to assert that young men not raised in the church cannot possibly have a moral center from which to make such ethical decisions That left a bad taste in my mouth as I closed what was otherwise a remarkably insightful book That one problematic page notwithstanding, this is indeed essential reading for anybody who hopes to understand, and thereby be in a better position to undermine, violence hide spoiler This book has a ya sticker but it is awesome i couldnt put it down.It is about a boy that grows up setting a rank on union avenue he stolen from and held at gunpoint He learns to be tough and stickup for himself. Excellent adaptation of the book by Geoffrey Canada with art by Jamar Nicholas As the title states there is a progressive escalation of violencea history that too often repeats itself. Fist Stick Knife Gun is yet another book on gang violence I ve been lately reading watching stuff on this topic It is totally unplanned, mostly coincidental, but I can t help but notice its recurrence First it was Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G Neri and then this book Now, just last night, I watched the movie Freedom Writers which by the way is awesome Fist Stick Knife Gun was illustrated by Jamar Nicholas, based on Geoffrey Canada s memoir by the same title This is th Fist Stick Knife Gun is yet another book on gang violence I ve been lately reading watching stuff on this topic It is totally unplanned, mostly coincidental, but I can t help but notice its recurrence First it was Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G Neri and then this book Now, just last night, I watched the movie Freedom Writers which by the way is awesome Fist Stick Knife Gun was illustrated by Jamar Nicholas, based on Geoffrey Canada s memoir by the same title This is the first time I m reading a graphic version of a book and I m kind of mixed about how I feel Since this is the only so so aspect I have to say, I want to get that out of the way I haven t read the original book so I don t have a reference, but I felt the graphic book was too verbose, almost like any regular book It had the total feel of a graphic novel, but there was a lot of background narration, so it felt wordy to me.This memoir follows Geoffrey Canada s life in one of the many gang operated New York streets, and the lifestyle he led in such a climate It takes a look at the kids who grow up in lawless streets and are forever defined by the crimes that happen around them and the survival tactics they learn there While reading this book, many times I wondered why the color of the skin is usually enough for many as evidence of crime And why when such people of color ask for police help, their complaints are treated as trivial.When the book begins, Geoffrey is a four year old staying with three other brothers and their mother Their father wasn t much of a father and walked out of their lives early on Geoffrey s mother is a strong woman She never let her kids take any kind of crap from others Once when someone stole a jacket belonging to one of Geoffrey s brothers, she threatened that he go back and get it I did think that was too intimidating and almost like sending a kid to slaughter, but to survive the kind of life the kids were inevitably going to lead, they needed to learn to stand up for themselves This ultimatum absolutely terrified the boys but they managed to get the jacket back somehow.The real test for the kids begins when they all move to a different street This street has a total different gameplay and power structure Before anyone is considered a part of the street, he has to fight someone else so that they know their place in the street hierarchy If they don t fight or do not show any kind of stand up for themselves characteristic, they get beaten up As Geoffrey explains, the town s kids are actually being prepared for the crueler and harsher environments they will face in school and later on, in other streets.I liked this book better than I expected to The artwork shows the whole dynamics of street life better than what I gleaned off from any other book The boys may be tough, violent and unreasonable sometimes, but I didn t, couldn t, look at them as just plain gangs In fact, although this book provides a really good look at gang life, that phrase never really crossed my mind as I was reading it.It really is amazing how much such a kid has to go through to survive Darwin s Survival of the Fittest springs to mind immediately There s no money in many of the homes there No police protection, no education or welfare programs in fact, no one cares about the people there This could have been some isolated part of the world for all you know And yet these kids devise their own mechanisms to survive their own power structure and leaders, their own rules and punishments in fact, each street is like its own separate country governed primarily by fist fights, sticks, knives and guns, in that order This is a graphic novel adaptation of an earlierdetailed, text only, book of the same name I would call this an autobiography, but it is not as detailed as autobiographies usually are This autobiography just focuses on violent episodes in the author s childhood and how they shaped him Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of the Harlem Children s Zone He tells his story to illustrate the condition poor inner city children live in return return This new edition includes the sub su This is a graphic novel adaptation of an earlierdetailed, text only, book of the same name I would call this an autobiography, but it is not as detailed as autobiographies usually are This autobiography just focuses on violent episodes in the author s childhood and how they shaped him Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of the Harlem Children s Zone He tells his story to illustrate the condition poor inner city children live in return return This new edition includes the sub subtile A True Story in Black and White which emphasized that this is not fiction, but also led me to believe that it would address racism There is actually very little about racism in this story, it is just illustrated in black and white The only overt mention of racism is that his mother s low wages were all they paid even the most competent black women in 1958 The violence is all what we call black on black , and mostly child on child There is one incident where the police are called, and prove unhelpful The officers are white but they don t do anything overtly racist They just re enforce the point that adults and people in power were failing to protect children from violence return return The Table of Contents is a list of pictures instead of words which is a little bit obscure on first look The first chapter is a jacket, representing an incident where his brother s jacket was stolen The second chapter is a can of beans, representing the day he was robbed by another child on his way back from the grocery store The third chapter is a building, representing the social dynamics of children on his block when they were out on the street The forth chapter is a broken pencil, representing the failure of the public school system to provide a safe learning environment The fifth chapter is a basketball, representing his first experience with the possibility of life threatening violence The sixth chapter is a heart, representing the necessity of being willing to fight even if you didn t want to The seventh chapter is a shotgun, representing the first time someone pointed a gun at him The eighth chapter is a knife, representing his first knife and how owning a weapon changed him The ninth chapter is a hand gun, representing an incident with a gang of boys and a man with a gun The last chapter is a book, representing how he decided to choose words over violence return return I m not sure who this book is meant for I would not recommend it for children or young adults It is a bit grim It should go on the list of anyone who likes adult graphic novels such as Maus by Art Spiegelman, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, or Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi It is a gripping story and I m pleased to add it to my collection MmmkayI have to make a confession My ears immediately perk up when I hear or see a book that lends itself to a full disclosure on my life whilst in the bleak caverns of violence In fact, that little gem of Truth right there is the reason why I read and reviewed Gang Leader for a Day last year.But why, you might ask Especially if you knew me I mean, I m no Pollyanna by any means, but I do like to think of myself as a let s just give peace a chance kinda gal No really I am Which me MmmkayI have to make a confession My ears immediately perk up when I hear or see a book that lends itself to a full disclosure on my life whilst in the bleak caverns of violence In fact, that little gem of Truth right there is the reason why I read and reviewed Gang Leader for a Day last year.But why, you might ask Especially if you knew me I mean, I m no Pollyanna by any means, but I do like to think of myself as a let s just give peace a chance kinda gal No really I am Which means, if that s Truth and the inclination for reading about gang like violence is O Natural then something must be amiss, yes I consider itabout research Ya lls know I am a teacher And so I teach at a Title I school, which IS NOT synonymous WITH violence, but I have my fair share of evidence that says poverty and violence as power is a common equation Plus, the need for community and someone to look out for makes gang life appealing Reading personal accounts helps me understand motivation and an opportunity for dialogue.As you ve perhaps gathered, FSKG is about the author Geoffrey Canada s story about violence Not unsurprisingly you might then assume that Canada grew up in a poor area of town where violence equates to power.Canada s experience with violence is a journey It begins when a bully steals his jacket Canada and his older brothers return home hopeful that their mother would have a solution Surprise unfolds when she matter of factly tells the boys that they must return to the scene of the crime and take back what is theirs My mother told us we had to stick together That we couldn t let people know we were afraid At four years old, young Canada knew that life in the Bronx had multiple layers to it.I don t want to get to in depth with this story as it s a quick read easily completed in one session and the amount of innocence and depth in these characters are fleshed out both in words and sketchesI knew nothing about Geoffrey Canada s memoir that he wrote in 2005 and that which this graphic memoir is adapted from prior to opening up these pages I m intrigued enough to want to pick up the book as well Canada now runs Harlem Children s Zone


About the Author: Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada is an African American social activist He is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun A Personal History of Violence in America Since 1990, Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children s Zone in Harlem, New York.He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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