Alex Kotlowitz does an amazing job of presenting the Horner homes as they were and allowing the reader to come to his or her own conclusions about what the problems were and what should have been done about them. You never get the feeling that he is trying to make his reader feel sorry for the Horner residents, or that he has some political agenda that he hopes his reader will adopt. I don't remember him ever passing judgment on any of the people that he discusses in this book, whether they be residents of Horner or the people responsible for maintaining it, despite the massive amount of blame to go around. Rather, his purpose is to tell you what the problems were and to identify as many of the potential causes as he can, and you can take it from there.
With farther reading, I find Pharaoh to be an amazing little boy, filled with hopes and determinations.
Despite all that was happening around him, Pharaoh managed to stayed strong and focus on his goal to win the spelling bee. With his determinations to conquer his stuttering, Pharaoh shows that he can make a difference in his life. Just knowing that Pharaoh had achieved his goal in winning second place in the spelling bee, it made me feel so happy knowing that there are hopes of a better future for him.
The death of Craig Davis has struck me to find out that policemen who are suppose to be protecting us, can also harm us. I always have felt that I can trust police officers to keep us safe and protected, but now I can see that there are some out there who are crooked. And the fact that the police and the ATF refusing to discuss and inform...