MOBI Bucking the Sarge

FREE PDF Ö BOOK Bucking the Sarge Å CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS ✓ ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Bucking the Sarge By Christopher Paul Curtis ✩ – Luther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint MichiganAs his best friend Sparky says “Flint’s nothing but the Titanic”And his mTrapped in the Sarge’s Evil Empire but he’s about to bust outIf Luther wins the science fair this year he’ll be on track for college and a future as America’s best known and best loved philosopher All he’s got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick the beautiful daughter of Flint’s finest undertaker and Luther T Farrell is a 15 year old boy living in Flint Michigan employed by his mother to run one of her group homes and clean out her run down rental houses after her tenants are evicted He is learning all the tricks of her trade but he doesn’t like it From her point of view she is taking care of him and herself and getting some of what’s due The you know of her the horrified you becomeThe book is so well written it is a joy to read even as it frightens and saddens me The humor is sharp and the language is beautiful There is a lot of street jargon that some of us have to work at to understand but it is very poetic and visual and adds a tangy flavor Don’t think learning the terminology is going to make you hip though because by the time you get it it will all be so old school The pace is so carefully structured and tenderly balanced I found myself chuckling and wiping tears in eual measure Luther pokes fun at himself and brags about his prowess in typical teenage fashion He is clever and uick but also blind to his mother’s true colors at the beginning of the story As he gains awareness of his strength and power he also comes face to face with the ugliness of the Sarge’s ways His dealing with that pain and disappointment are the heart of the story and it is a satisfying and enlightening portrayal

Christopher Paul Curtis á Bucking the Sarge MOBI

The love of Luther’s lifeSparky’s escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the world’s scariest rat Oh and Luther Add to the mix Chester X Luther’s mysterious roommate; Dontay Gaddy a lawyer whose phone number is 1 800 SUE’M ALL; and Darnell Dixon the Sarge’s go to guy who knows how to break all the rul Luther T Farrell is a tall 6’ 4” awkward ninth grader living in Flint Michigan who has already taken on a lot of adult responsibilities His mother the ‘Sarge’ has him running her adult care facility driving even though he’s only 15 and helping her property manager she also owns a number of houses slums actually that she rents to lower income families Despite all of the work he’s doing for his mom Luther still manages to keep his grades up win the science fair 2 times in a row and going for number 3 and obsess about his looks girls and the future He knows that his mom isn’t playing straight with a lot of people and that their wealth is a result of her playing the system but he’s convinced that when he goes away to college to become a philosopher everything will be different for him Then when the science fair winners are announced Luther ties with Shayla Patrick the girl he’s had a crush on FOREVER and the press decides to do a story on their achievements Luther winds up on TV and news of his project and its implications is broadcast all over Flint He’s been researching the effects of lead poisoning on families living in homes with lead based paint As he hears the faculty describing his project and the city administrators committing themselves to investigating and cracking down on landlords that use this dangerous substance in their properties Luther realizes that he’s just busted his own mother and will probably cost her thousands if not millions of dollars in fines andor repairs The Sarge is furious and strips Luther of all of his privileges – driving credit cards cash etc He’s got 4 days to remove himself from her property – or else Luther packs his stuff and starts planning for a new life in Florida – with one of the patients in his care But before he leaves he discovers that his mom has been lying about a whole lot of things like his college fund and he decides to pay her back by righting some of the wrongs she’s perpetrated over the years – before he makes himself scarceIt’s immensely satisfying watching Luther “buck” the Sarge He really goes all out with his revenge – finding the proof he needs to expose all of her underhanded schemes and the means to publicize it I was a little lost for the first part of the book as I was under the impression that Luther was a 7th grader and I didn’t really buy into him being 6’ 4” or having a Driver’s License – he’s got to look much younger than that I also had the impression that this was a story for younger kids 4th – 6th grade and some of the content and sophistication was definitely for an older audience like say the mention of the condom Luther carries around in his wallet I believe our copy is in JFIC and I’m inclined to move it to YA I think the older crowd will appreciate it

KINDLE ☆ Bucking the Sarge á Christopher Paul Curtis

Bucking the SargeLuther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint MichiganAs his best friend Sparky says “Flint’s nothing but the Titanic”And his mother aka the Sarge says “Take my advice and stay off the sucker path”The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes Luther’s just one of the many people I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Michael Boatman from Spin City Fabulous job with the narrationI loved loved loved the voice of Luther in this book Funny honest and uniue He uotes philosophers inaccurately and without credit Some of the uotes will go over the heads of many readers but that doesn't make the book any less enjoyable As much as I liked the book I don't uite understand one of the most important relationships Luther and his mother the Sarge I never uite understood the Sarge her motivations or her interactions with her son Luther however is a stand up kid and I enjoyed his take on the Sarge and life in Flint I would love to read this selection with middle school students but there are two things that would hold me back 1 Luther has a very very old and unused condom that he carries around in his wallet It's named Chauncey That doesn't make the book necessarily inappropriate but it might not work really well in a classroom setting 2 Luther refers to masturbation Again maybe not great for a middle school classroom