Childress’ classic story is written in the vernacular, but some of the slang is dated. Dealing with growing up poor, black, and addicted to drugs is the center of this story. I think this is a book that may appeal the most to young black males from a lower class background. I think this would be an appropriate choice for an 8th or 9th grade classroom. There is also a 1978 film version of this novel.
ALA Best Young Adult Book of 1975
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
Jane Addams Award for a young adult novel