Based on true event through the eyes of and adolescent boy as he journeys into a man. Dealing with poverty, social injustice and searching for individuality while fighting through addictions, murder death and mayhem on the streets of Oakland, California. an easy read describing the vibrant flashy life style growing up in the 80's. It took a village to raise me is a compelling read for all ages
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By: Alma Buenavista Oakland Public School Teacher With so much to say about Rubin Scott’s book, It Takes a Village, if I had to choose one word to encapsulate the essence I would say: inspiring. Rubin Scott unpacks the harsh realities of growing up in an impoverished community and presents it to the reader in all its entirety of beauty and strife. He takes the reader on an emotional and visceral journey with his autobiography. Captivating your attention from the first line, “I must admit that I’m truly unsure exactly when the first internal notion of death I had occurred”, It Takes a Village, is a quick read. To say “quick-read” does not, by any means indicate superficial – like the author, the book has great depth and insight. As a public school teacher in Oakland, California, I have shared excerpts of the manuscript with my students. I have watched young boys, many who dislike and struggle with reading and writing, come to life as they relate to the stories. They are encouraged that someone from their own community wrote this book and motivated to advance their reading in order to be able to read the book in its entirety. Like seeds of courage blossoming After listening to parts like “Girls Rule” they laugh and agree. My students are not the only ones touched by this book. Scott beautifully renders the world of the impoverished communities he grew up in, with a raw honesty that illustrates tragedy, beauty, hope and strength. He illuminates how his community was portrayed from an outsider’s point of view versus how it was truly like on the inside. Beginning with the voice of a young child that grows into a strong, soul-searching man, he lays out his life for you in complete vulnerability and raw honesty, without telling you what to think or how to feel. The story is provocative and poignant. Like a friend sitting down with you on the porch to share his life story, Scott opens up his world and allows you to journey with him. It is a book that you will find yourself re-reading and discovering new questions within yourself. As a mother and an educator I found myself connecting to and learning from the stories on multiple levels. Throughout the book, I cried, laughed and was angered by the stories yet in the end I was struck with a profound sense of inspiration. Rubin Scott truly sheds light on the meaning behind the phrase “It takes a village”.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 110 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.26 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1482604590