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There Are No Children Here: Introduction
There Are No Children Here: Plot Summary
There Are No Children Here: Detailed Summary & Analysis
There Are No Children Here: Themes
There Are No Children Here: Quotes
There Are No Children Here: Characters
There Are No Children Here: Symbols
There Are No Children Here: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Alex Kotlowitz
Historical Context of There Are No Children Here
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- Full Title: There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
- When Written: 1985-1990
- Where Written: Chicago, Illinois
- When Published: 1991
- Literary Period: Post-Modernism
- Genre: Non-Fiction, Essay, Biographical writing
- Setting: The Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex on the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois
- Climax: Horner residents learn that Craig Davis has been shot by a police officer at the same time as Pharoah finishes second in his school’s spelling bee
- Antagonist: While gangs are strongly responsible for the climate of violence at Henry Horner, the police is also at times seen as an oppressive, potentially brutal force. More generally, negative factors impacting people’s lives at Horner are poverty, drug trafficking and abuse, and lack of help from institutions.
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for There Are No Children Here
Zoology. At Wesleyan University, Alex Kotlowitz initially wanted to study zoology before realizing that his true calling was journalism.
The Interrupters. Alex Kotlowitz’s movie The Interrupters, released in 2011, expands on themes broached in There Are No Children Here by focusing on the issue of gang violence from a more optimistic angle of social policy and activism. It follows a group of social leaders who use their own experience with gang life to stop (or “interrupt”) violence in inner-city neighborhoods.