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Fist Stick Knife Gun

St stick knife and finally gun In a stunning pairing acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada’s raw and riveting account one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever to. Fist Stick Knife Gun is yet another book on gang violence I ve been lately readingwatching stuff on this topic It is totally unplanned mostly coincidental but I can t help but notice its recurrence First it was Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G Neri and then this book Now just last night I watched the movie Freedom Writers which by the way is awesome Fist Stick Knife Gun was illustrated by Jamar Nicholas based on Geoffrey Canada s memoir by the same title This is the first time I m reading a graphic version of a book and I m kind of mixed about how I feel Since this is the only so so aspect I have to say I want to get that out of the way I haven t read the original book so I don t have a reference but I felt the graphic book was too verbose almost like any regular book It had the total feel of a graphic novel but there was a lot of background narration so it felt wordy to meThis memoir follows Geoffrey Canada s life in one of the many gang operated New York streets and the lifestyle he led in such a climate It takes a look at the kids who grow up in lawless streets and are forever defined by the crimes that happen around them and the survival tactics they learn there While reading this book many times I wondered why the color of the skin is usually enough for many as evidence of crime And why when such people of color ask for police help their complaints are treated as trivialWhen the book begins Geoffrey is a four year old staying with three other brothers and their mother Their father wasn t much of a father and walked out of their lives early on Geoffrey s mother is a strong woman She never let her kids take any kind of crap from others Once when someone stole a jacket belonging to one of Geoffrey s brothers she threatened that he go back and get it I did think that was too intimidating and almost like sending a kid to slaughter but to survive the kind of life the kids were inevitably going to lead they needed to learn to stand up for themselves This ultimatum absolutely terrified the boys but they managed to get the jacket back somehowThe real test for the kids begins when they all move to a different street This street has a total different gameplay and power structure Before anyone is considered a part of the street he has to fight someone else so that they know their place in the street hierarchy If they don t fight or do not show any kind of stand up for themselves characteristic they get beaten up As Geoffrey explains the town s kids are actually being prepared for the crueler and harsher environments they will face in school and later on in other streetsI liked this book better than I expected to The artwork shows the whole dynamics of street life better than what I gleaned off from any other book The boys may be tough violent and unreasonable sometimes but I didn t couldn t look at them as just plain gangs In fact although this book provides a really good look at gang life that phrase never really crossed my mind as I was reading itIt really is amazing how much such a kid has to go through to survive Darwin s Survival of the Fittest springs to mind immediately There s no money in many of the homes there No police protection no education or welfare programs in fact no one cares about the people there This could have been some isolated part of the world for all you know And yet these kids devise their own mechanisms to survive their own power structure and leaders their own rules and punishments in fact each street is like its own separate country governed primarily by fist fights sticks knives and guns in that order

review Fist Stick Knife Gun

Of my heroes” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fi. This book has a ya sticker but it is awesome i couldnt put it downIt is about a boy that grows up setting a rank on union avenue he stolen from and held at gunpoint He learns to be tough and stickup for himself

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Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all encompassing all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one. This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action drama and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn t usually read a book without being forced to and that week I went straight to reading my book on my own I would recommend this book to anyone thats looking for a book that teaches you a life lesson or to inspire you because this book definitely inspired me to know that its never to late to change who you are because of the message to it Its time to do something while we still have time


About the Author: Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada is an African American social activist He is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun A Personal History of Violence in America Since 1990 Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone in Harlem New YorkHe also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education



10 thoughts on “Fist Stick Knife Gun

  1. says:

    Geoffrey Canada's story is vivid He remembers his childhood so well describes it in great detail and Jamar Nicholas' illustrations really bring it to life This story about Canada's integration into a violent urban life is heartbreaking but I couldn't stop reading It's a great personal story of The Code of the Street I honestly th

  2. says:

    HeyTGIF I love to read graphic novels for many reasons one of them is to chill and relax after a long pleasant week of reading seriously good novels One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas she has an in

  3. says:

    This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action drama and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enj

  4. says:

    This was really amazing eye opening and scary Although it is clearly meant to educate the story avoids being preachy and I was completely drawn in Is it appropriate for middle schoolers? I think it would be a great book to read and discuss because there is a lot to process Ultimately I think everyone should read this at some point maybe in eighth grade maybe later depending on the student and whether they have a chance to talk about it w

  5. says:

    I'm going to echo all of the positive reviews here with one uibble On the last page of his own story view spoilerCanada attributes his own decision to throw away a gun to his Christian faith fair enough if that was his experience but then goes on to assert that young men not raised in the church cannot possibly have a moral center from which to make such ethical decisions That left a bad taste in my mouth as I

  6. says:

    This book has a ya sticker but it is awesome i couldnt put it downIt is about a boy that grows up setting a rank on union avenue he stolen from and held at gunpoint He learns to be tough and stickup for himself

  7. says:

    Excellent adaptation of the book by Geoffrey Canada with art by Jamar Nicholas As the title states there is a progressive escalation of violencea history that too often repeats itself

  8. says:

    Fist Stick Knife Gun is yet another book on gang violence I've been lately readingwatching stuff on this topic It is totally unplanned mostly coincidental but I can't help but notice its recurrence First it was Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G Neri and then this book Now just last night I watched t

  9. says:

    This is a graphic novel adaptation of an earlier detailed text only book of the same name I would call this an autobiography but it is not as detailed as autobiographies usually are This autobiography just focuses on violent episodes in the aut

  10. says:

    MmmkayI have to make a confession My ears immediately perk up when I hear or see a book that lends itself to a 'full disclosure on my life whi

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