This action cannot be undone.
Publication Date: 19 Apr 2018
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
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A boy travels with his drug-addicted mother and his younger sister to the deep South to see his convict father.
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children's father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can't put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.
When the children's father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
NOTE : As an adult book this contains mature themes, including rape, child abuse, lynching, murder and racial abuse. It also contains strong language throughout