There Are No Children Here

by Alex Kotlowitz






There Are No Children Here

by Alex Kotlowitz



Alex Kotlowitz





About the Book


There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America recounts the story of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, two brothers growing up in the Henry Horner Homes public housing complex in Chicago. Ages nine and eleven when Kotlowitz begins chronicling two years of their lives, the brothers survive the death of friends, resist the pull of gangs, and struggle to beat the odds. The book was named by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the century.


About the Author


Alex Kotlowitz is a journalist, an award-winning nonfiction writer, and a writer-in-residence at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. His other books include The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America’s Dilemma and Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago. He is a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and public radio’s This American Life




Author Presentations

Alex Kotlowitz spoke at the Batavia Public Library, March 15, 2007, as the featured speaker at Books Between Bites at 12 noon. He gave a community-wide presentation at Batavia High School at 7 p.m.


One Book, One Batavia Kick-Off Event

At Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Geneva, following brief remarks by Library Director George H. Scheetz and Batavia High School Learning Resource Center Director Daniel Russo, Batavia High School students presented a discussion guide to the public. The discussion guide included discussion questions and additional information about the author and the book.


Book DiscussionThere Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz

Batavia High School's English and World Literature Class created a discussion guide to There Are No Children Here.

One Book One Batavia 2007 was presented by the Batavia Public Library, in cooperation with Batavia High School. The Friends of the Batavia Public Library co-sponsored One Book, One Batavia 2007.