There Are No Children Here

by

Alex Kotlowitz

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Dawn, LaJoe’s niece, is a rare success story in the Rivers family. Despite already having four children with her boyfriend, Demetrius, she succeeds in graduating from high school, impressing Lafeyette and Pharoah with her achievement. She is a hardworking student and responsible mother, and does not give up on her hope to leave the projects. Despite struggling to find a stable job, she and Demetrius ultimately manage to leave Horner.
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Dawn Character Timeline in There Are No Children Here

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Chapter 13
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...he can look up to as a role model. Most importantly, though, LaJoe’s beloved niece, Dawn, has recently graduated from high school—a feat that nine other children of her generation in... (full context)
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Lafeyette and Pharoah are amazed by Dawn’s success, and both of them want to work hard to become like her. They also... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Dawn, too, who is a role model for LaJoe’s children, has been experiencing trouble. She still... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...come. Porkchop arrives two hours late, having forgotten all about the party. During the party, Dawn arrives with her four children after a fight between drug dealers in her building, which... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Meanwhile, Dawn has been evicted from her apartment and moves into her mother’s apartment. One day, Lafeyette... (full context)
Epilogue
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Dawn and her boyfriend, Demetrius, have succeeded in receiving an apartment at the ABLA homes, where... (full context)