The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead – Book Review

Elwood Curtis, being raised by his grandmother in the 1960s but ends up very unfairly put into The Nickel Academy, a boys home which is kind of a juvenile detention centre.

Increasingly we hear more and more about these awful places. Institutions for children who are ignored by society, abused, left physically and emotionally traumatised for life or even killed. They are all across the globe, often First Nations children removed forcibly from their families as in Australia’s Stolen Generations. Whitehead based this story on a real reform school in Florida. It’s a devastating read but so important and so good.

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