Reading Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, A True Story in Black and WhiteAuthor Geoffrey Canada –

Library Binding EditionLong before President Barack Obama praised his work as an all encompassing, all hands on deck anti poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children, and First Lady Michelle Obama called him one of my heroes, Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, knife, and, finally, gun In a stunning pairing, acclaimed comics creator Jamar Nicholas presents Canada s raw and riveting account, one of the most authentic and important true stories of urban violence ever told Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, A True Story in Black and White

About the Author: Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada is an African American social activist He is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun A Personal History of Violence in America Since 1990, Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children s Zone in Harlem, New York.He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

10 thoughts on “Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence, A True Story in Black and White

  1. Raina Raina says:

    Geoffrey Canada s story is vivid He remembers his childhood so well, describes it in great detail, and Jamar Nicholas illustrations really bring it to life This story, about Canada s integration into a violent urban life, is heartbreaking, but I couldn t stop reading It s a great personal story of The Code of the Street I honestly think the epilogue does not serve t

  2. Giovanni Gelati Giovanni Gelati says:

    Hey,TGIF I love to read graphic novels for many reasons, one of them is to chill and relax after a long, pleasant week of reading seriously good novels One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas, she has an interest in art, so I checked him out This is one serious read about life and learning some hard lessons, no matter where you come from Check out what is betw

  3. ƎLIℕ∆ ƎLIℕ∆ says:

    This book was an amazing non fiction story fit into a comic This books genre had action, drama, and even comedy to it Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic, but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn t usually read a book without bein

  4. Kelly Moore Kelly Moore says:

    This was really amazing, eye opening, and scary Although it is clearly meant to educate, the story avoids being preachy, and I was completely drawn in Is it appropriate for middle schoolers I think it would be a great book to read and discuss, because there is a lot to process Ultimately I think everyone should read this at some point maybe in eighth grade, maybe later, depe

  5. pattrice pattrice says:

    I m going to echo all of the positive reviews here, with one quibble On the last page of his own story, view spoiler Canada attributes his own decision to throw away a gun to his Christian faith fair enough, if that was his experience but then goes on to assert that young men not raised in the church cannot possibly have a moral center from which to make such ethical decisions

  6. Darius H Darius H says:

    This book has a ya sticker but it is awesome i couldnt put it down.It is about a boy that grows up setting a rank on union avenue he stolen from and held at gunpoint He learns to be tough and stickup for himself.

  7. Jon Nakapalau Jon Nakapalau says:

    Excellent adaptation of the book by Geoffrey Canada with art by Jamar Nicholas As the title states there is a progressive escalation of violencea history that too often repeats itself.

  8. Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) says:

    Fist Stick Knife Gun is yet another book on gang violence I ve been lately reading watching stuff on this topic It is totally unplanned, mostly coincidental, but I can t help but notice its recurrence First it was Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G Neri and then this book Now, just last night, I watched the movie Freedom Writers which by the way is awesome Fist Stick Knife

  9. Sheherazahde Sheherazahde says:

    This is a graphic novel adaptation of an earlierdetailed, text only, book of the same name I would call this an autobiography, but it is not as detailed as autobiographies usually are This autobiography just focuses on violent episodes in the author s childhood and how they shaped him Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of the Harlem Children s Zone He tells his story to illustrate th

  10. Educating Drew Educating Drew says:

    MmmkayI have to make a confession My ears immediately perk up when I hear or see a book that lends itself to a full disclosure on my life whilst in the bleak caverns of violence In fact, that little gem of Truth right there is the reason why I read and reviewed Gang Leader for a Day last year.But why, you might ask Especially if you knew me I mean, I m no Pollyanna by any means, but I do like

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