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This Little Girl

by Tina Marie Turner

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This is a thoughtful, sensitive exploration of what it's like to grow up poor in America, written from the first-person POV of a little girl. It starts off written in the innocent, young voice of a little girl, moves through the loss of innocence of an older girl into the sulky resentment of a teenager, and into the determined voice of an adult seeking to make their life better to escape the trap of multi-generational poverty. Unlike many books of this type, while the girl-narrator leads us through her unpleasant situation and gives us hints she's aware there are people more fortunate than she is, this book lacks the entitlement-mentality or race-bating that often makes such books unappealing to the audience who needs to read it most, people who wish to understand.

I would recommend this book as a required and/or supplemental reading text for a college-level sociology course, for social services professionals (especially those who work with children), and anybody struggling to get out of poverty who needs a role model. ( )
  Anna_Erishkigal | May 16, 2015 |
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