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The Resource Fist, stick, knife, gun : a personal history of violence, Geoffrey Canada ; adapted by Jamar Nicholas

Fist, stick, knife, gun : a personal history of violence, Geoffrey Canada ; adapted by Jamar Nicholas

Label
Fist, stick, knife, gun : a personal history of violence
Title
Fist, stick, knife, gun
Title remainder
a personal history of violence
Statement of responsibility
Geoffrey Canada ; adapted by Jamar Nicholas
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Presents a graphic adaptation of Geoffrey Canada's memoir of a Bronx, N.Y. childhood, along with an analysis of how a chain of events set in motion by 1960s drug laws has led to the child violence on the streets today
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • Glyph Comics Awards, Story of the Year, 2011.
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2011
Review
  • Canada, a legendary educator and crusader for inner-city-youth, first published in 1995 his revelatory account of the daunting push toward violent behavior that was a part of his Bronx childhood. This graphic adaptation by Nicholas works as a kind of youth-friendly summary of that book's conclusions. Canada's thoughtful, no-nonsense narrative begins in the Bronx in the late 1950s, after his father left him, his mother, and two brothers to fend for themselves. The spine of the story is not so much the broad array of violence on display in a neighborhood suffering from postwar white flight and increases in crime, but Canada's surgical analysis of the stages of violence and the strictly codified strata that reigned on his street and in his school. Helped by Nicholas's dramatic but low-key illustrations, Canada describes how he graduated from one level of violence to the next in a sort of ladder of self-protection. This inexorable evolution is dismaying enough before Canada moves ahead to show how those codes of violence eventually collapsed under an influx of guns. This is exactly the sort of broadly appealing and gripping nonfiction graphic novel that librarians need to be adding to their shelves. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 4, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 39, p)
  • The original text of this brutally honest 1995 memoir of a Bronx, NY, childhood intersperses commentary and persuasive recommendations with accounts of actual experiences: from witnessing his brothers' struggle as six-year-olds to reclaim a stolen jacket to learning to fight himself by age 12 and then in college packing a gun for the feeling of immortality it gave him. But Canada finally said no to violence, earning degrees from Bowdoin and Harvard and founding Harlem Children's Zone, a model for the Obama-Biden "Promise Neighborhoods," designed to assist urban areas with high crime and low student academic achievement. Challenged with adapting Canada's complex book into a one-volume graphic novel, Nicholas (The Grosse Adventures series) has judiciously focused on the personal end, and his semirealistic black-to-grayscale art has just the right lived-in-yet-edgy feel. Adding brown hues would have upped the vibrancy, though. VERDICT Canada's original earned raves from reviewers as well as from Oprah, who called Canada "an angel from God." Nicholas's version infuses an emotional immediacy and makes Canada's message into a personal parable accessible to a wider age range. Highly recommended for tweens through adults; violence and strong language.— M.C. --Martha Cornog (Reviewed November 15, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 19, p54)
Biography type
individual biography
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380758
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Nicholas, Jamar
Dewey number
303.6083
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
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Canada, Geoffrey
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True
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  • Canada, Geoffrey
  • Canada, Geoffrey
  • Children and violence
  • Violence in children
  • African American children
  • Children
  • African American children
  • Children and violence
  • Children
  • Violence in children
  • New York (State)
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a personal history of violence
Label
Fist, stick, knife, gun : a personal history of violence, Geoffrey Canada ; adapted by Jamar Nicholas
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Publication
Note
  • "Based on the memoir: Fist, stick, knife, gun, by Geoffrey Canada."
  • "A true story in black and white"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn502029760
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
124 pages
Isbn
9780807044490
Lccn
2010908396
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)502029760
Label
Fist, stick, knife, gun : a personal history of violence, Geoffrey Canada ; adapted by Jamar Nicholas
Publication
Note
  • "Based on the memoir: Fist, stick, knife, gun, by Geoffrey Canada."
  • "A true story in black and white"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn502029760
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
124 pages
Isbn
9780807044490
Lccn
2010908396
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)502029760

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