Just Gone

Just Gone

3.65 (61 ratings by Goodreads)
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Mother Anqelique runs a shelter for homeless mothers and their children in a run-down inner-city area, where drug addiction, prostitution and random acts of violence are facts of life. One day, newly orphaned Jamal and his sister Chantay arrive at the shelter, hungry and scared. As Angelique tries to find a new home for them, she develops a fascination with seven-year-old Jamal, who seems to inhabit a world of his own. Jamal tells her fantastic stories of a man named Jacky Wacky, who protects the poor children of the city and punishes the adults who harm them. A God-fearing woman, Angelique doesn't believe his stories at first. But strange things begin to happen whenever Jamal is around, and Mother Angelique is forced to admit that the world may contain stranger truths than her faith can explain.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 103 x 127 x 8mm | 120g
  • Victoria, Canada
  • English
  • 1459803272
  • 9781459803275
  • 1,559,271

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homelessness, poverty, crime, magic realism
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Review quote

"Worthy and positive...with the weary but determined voice of its earnestly captured narrator and its hopeful message for exploited and abused inner-city youths...Appropriate for adult literacy and ESL programs."--Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

61 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 30% (18)
4 25% (15)
3 33% (20)
2 8% (5)
1 5% (3)
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