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The Jacob Ladder

by Gerald Hausman

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This is a very genuine story of growing up in poverty in Jamaica, told with the patois. Uton, or Tall T, as he's known, lives with three brothers, twin sisters and his mother. His father, Brother John, is a mighty figure in town. He's big and strong, can row faster than any man and plays the devil in the Jonkonnu dance at Christmas. Problem is, he's moved in with the women next door after drinking some soup, and he gambles away any money he has. Tall T can no longer go to school as the new rule states your uniform must not be tattered. He takes himself to the library where he takes charge of his own learning.

A touching story of a difficult life and how this boy makes his own way to manhood. Recommend for 5th and up. A quick read. ( )
  oapostrophe | Jul 27, 2010 |
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A single bowl of soup changes a family forever.

Growing up in a small Jamaican town where his father works the docks and his mother does laundry, "Tall T" both fears and loves his father, Brother John, who leaves his six children in dire poverty by losing his wages each week to bone dice and rum. As if that were not bad enough, Brother John is bewitched by the obeah woman next door and leaves his family for her. Forced to leave school because he has no uniform, Tall T starts reading, guided by the local librarian, but he still feels helpless until he proves to himself that he is a man by climbing a 60-foot cliff called the Jacob Ladder.

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After his father leaves their family, twelve-year-old Uton Hinds, known as Tall T, tries to earn extra money in his Jamaican village and tries to further his education as he ponders how he feels about his father's behavior.

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