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"The true stories I've written in this book are my living nightmares. My greatest hope is that the lessons the stories offer will help you make better choices than I did." Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang, is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades of incarceration, Williams has also become a respected author and activist whose dedication to ending gang warfare in the lives of inner-city children has earned him a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. In this award-winning book which has drawn praise from educators, government leaders, and families alike Williams describes the brutal reality of being an inmate. He debunks myths of prisons as "gladiator schools" with blunt, riveting stories of overwhelming homesickness, the terror of solitary confinement, and the humiliation of strip-searches. Williams' words are a frank challenge to adolescent readers to educate themselves, make intelligent decisions, and above all, not to follow in his footsteps.

Author Name: Stanley Williams | Barbara Cottman
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publish Date: February 1, 2001
Pages: 80
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Size: 6.05 x 0.4 x 9 inches
ISBN Number 13: 978-1587170942
ISBN Number 10: 1587170949
BISAC Categories:
- Children's Law & Crime
- Teen Violence
- Criminology

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