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A Hero Ain't Nothin But a Sandwich Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Each of these characters speaks in a short monologue. Their talk revolves around 13-year-old Benjy, but they end up talking about life in general. Their neighborhood has crumbled, their municipal (and religious) leaders are mired in corruption, and business has stagnated. Life seems hopeless, but I find that the only one who tries to keep his head up is the stepfather. He's the smartest one in the book. He desperately wants to send his stepson to live on a farm, away from all the bad influences of the city.
The end of the book has a tirade from the stepfather that I think is a must-read for kids. A White social worker says that the boy needs some good heroes to look up to. The stepfather says "what about me, I'm supporting three people plus Uncle Sam on my paycheck, and I can't claim any of them as dependents, so why can't I be seen as the hero?"
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I loved it. The book is very informative concerning poverty and inequality. The struggle to succeed while being encumbered by drugs is a book in which anyone should read!Published 1 month ago
Benjie is hooked on heroin and we get to see his viewpoint and those of everyone around him—family members, teachers, friends, and dealers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MS
Hard to understand, difficult to read - but worth it in the end.Published 8 months ago by alice foust
I use this book in my Adolescent Literature course, and I am struck by how Benji's plight is still relevant 40 years later, when record numbers of young people are becoming... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by June Pulliam
This book shows addiction from many different points of view. The speakers are believable. There are more thoughts than actual plot events.Published on August 4, 2013 by ahi
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This was a reading assignment for a school project, after reading the content of the book, I decided against allowing my child... Read more
I read this book in highschool, was a very great story. Teaches young teenagers the consequences of heavy drug use and how peer pressure could affect an adolescents mind to do... Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by Heather
Benjie is a thirteen-year-old living in the inner city with his mother, grandmother and his mother's boyfriend, who has been like a stepfather to Benjie for years. Read morePublished on June 9, 2007 by A. Luciano
13-year-old Benjie from Harlem has a lot of difficulties in his life. He mad many bad choices by choosing to take drugs. Read morePublished on November 30, 2006