A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich- Alice Childress

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


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