Author Inspired by Lives of Poor Children

September 19, 2012 in Archive: Past Education Blogs by United Front

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of  marginalized children in the South Bronx who he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.

For nearly fifty years Kozol has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation. His own life has been radically transformed by the children who have trusted and befriended him.

Read an excerpt from Fires in the Ashes
Listen to a podcast interview of Jonathan Kozol discussing Fires in the Ashes