There Are No Children Here

by

Alex Kotlowitz

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LaJoe’s only and closest friend, Rochelle, plays an important role in her life. Rochelle is devoted to LaJoe’s family and is “like a second mother” to Lafeyette and Pharoah. She often tries to support the Rivers family emotionally and financially. She does not have a steady job but organizes monthly card games that give her enough money to live.
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Rochelle Character Timeline in There Are No Children Here

The timeline below shows where the character Rochelle appears in There Are No Children Here. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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LaJoe has known her best and only friend, Rochelle, since they were children. Before they were even born, their mothers were already best friends,... (full context)
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...in the narrow parking lot by the Riverses’ building. One such day, when LaJoe and Rochelle are watching the children play around, LaJoe worriedly notes that Pharoah has recently been daydreaming... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...her and shield her from the difficulties of life. One year ago, after LaJoe and Rochelle were robbed by two teenagers who severed nerves in LaJoe’s fingers with a knife, Lafeyette... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Rochelle insists that Lafeyette dance. As everyone encourages him, Lafeyette reluctantly begins to dance but is... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...LaJoe receives her Public Aid check, she hires a taxi cab to go shopping with Rochelle in supermarkets farther from the neighborhood, where they charge much lower prices. She returns with... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...returns home after an interaction with the man, her son Weasel overhears her talking to Rochelle about it and decides to take the matter into his own hands. At Horner, family... (full context)
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...spend more time away from her family, spending more time playing cards or talking with Rochelle, seeking support in her friend. While her children claim that they understand her absences and... (full context)
Chapter 26
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On May 19, LaJoe and Rochelle prepare a surprise birthday party for Pharoah, who recently mentioned that he has never had... (full context)