Six Out Seven

Six Out Seven On the day Corbitt Wainwright s father is imprisoned for attacking a white man the thirteen year old s adolescence is abruptly cut short Dreams of success through good grades and hard work are wiped

  • Title: Six Out Seven
  • Author: Jess Mowry
  • ISBN: 9780385475341
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the day Corbitt Wainwright s father is imprisoned for attacking a white man, the thirteen year old s adolescence is abruptly cut short Dreams of success through good grades and hard work are wiped aside as white society shows him, out of both kindness and malice, that poor black kids in Mississippi don t have much of a hand in creating their own destinies But CorbittOn the day Corbitt Wainwright s father is imprisoned for attacking a white man, the thirteen year old s adolescence is abruptly cut short Dreams of success through good grades and hard work are wiped aside as white society shows him, out of both kindness and malice, that poor black kids in Mississippi don t have much of a hand in creating their own destinies But Corbitt refuses to accept his allotted role, and after a deadly confrontation with his father s accuser, he sets out for California, the land of opportunity and racial equality What he finds on arriving in West Oakland is another world altogether, a world populated by gangs and crack dealers, violent cops and street kids, where opportunity seems to run even thinner than it does back home But when he falls in with some local home boys and helps them overcome one of their many predators, Corbitt discovers the power of his African heritage He learns, finally, to trust his own strength Peopled by a remarkable cast of characters and written with the gut wrenching immediacy, cutting edge street slang, and haunting lyricism that have marked Jess Mowry as a bold new voice in fiction, Six Out Seven is a brutally honest novel about what it means to be a black teenager in the United States today Wryly funny, deeply committed, it is a portrait of America no reader should miss.

    One thought on “Six Out Seven”

    1. Wow, this is a totally engrossing look at life right here in America for poor Blackkids. It portrays life brought down to the basics of survival yet the characters arerichly developed, loyal, thoughtful and couragous.

    2. Jess Mowry creates a novel in 1993 that related to the world around him. Thirteen Year old Corbitt Wainwright's life took a huge turn for the worse when his father was put in prison for attacking a white man. Living through the stereotype that a young black boy raised in Mississippi would never make it became especially discouraging when he was forced to live without a father. Even though all the white people surrounding Corbitt negatively reminded him everyday of what the world sadly expected h [...]

    3. The book “Six Out Seven” by Jess Mowry is a multi-themed book that discusses the very realities of modern African-American children; especially those dealing with the absence of a parent figure. Corbitt, the main character is a tall, broad but slender young man, who “works” at a local bus station. He is both keen and observant, and is the descendant of great African Kings; although he is unaware of this. After Corbitt loses his father to imprisonment he faces both physical and mental cha [...]

    4. Very good writing through most of book though it seemed to falter near the end. Coming of age story of a southern black boy. The images of his life are so vivid especially in the early chapters.

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