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Joseph

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Joseph Flood is the victim of his mother Betty's addictions to crack and alcohol. An African American boy living in a North Carolina ghetto neighborhood, Joseph has little chance for survival if his soldier father doesn't come home soon from Iraq to sort out the mess into which Betty has gotten herself and their son. Living in a shelter and being bussed t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2008)
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Hulaimat Iyabo
Aug 04, 2012 Hulaimat Iyabo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Joseph’ is about the trials and tribulations of a teenage boy. Joseph Flood lives in a shelter with his mother who is an addict and would do anything for her next fix. His life is a constant fight – a fight to eat, a fight to have a place to sleep and even a fight for survival in a rough neighbourhood.
Joseph and his mother moved into the shelter after his grandfather passed away and his mother could not keep up with the repayments of his grandfather’s house. But the move proved to be a blessing
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Hulaimat Iyabo
Aug 04, 2012 Hulaimat Iyabo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Joseph’ is about the trials and tribulations of a teenage boy. Joseph Flood lives in a shelter with his mother who is an addict and would do anything for her next fix. His life is a constant fight – a fight to eat, a fight to have a place to sleep and even a fight for survival in a rough neighbourhood.
Joseph and his mother moved into the shelter after his grandfather passed away and his mother could not keep up with the repayments of his grandfather’s house. But the move proved to be a blessing
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Jack
Dec 24, 2008 Jack rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
I wanted to give this a five star review. Really. The premise and was promising, but I had to knock off one star for a terrible, repetitive, and unconvincing voice, one star for cookie-cutter characters, and one star for a plot in which everything gets solved with no CHOICES ever being made. It's a shame.

15-year old Joseph Flood has it hard. He is homeless, his dad is fighting in Iraq, and his mother is a crack addict who seems bent on destroying any shot at happiness either she or her son have.
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com

In an ideal world, teenagers aren't responsible for taking care of their parents.

Joseph doesn't live in an ideal world, though. As a matter of fact, he lives about as far from it as humanly possible.

Forced to change schools yet again due to the fact he and Mamma are living in a new shelter, Joseph isn't worried about fitting in as much as he's worried about the other students finding out that Mamma is an addict.

Desperate to keep family services fro
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Oscar Ventura
Mar 02, 2015 Oscar Ventura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph was one of my favorite books I've read for the past year. Something I liked from the book was that Joseph was a poor kid living in the ghetto hood. I liked it because he compared kids from his school that were high class from his life. Joseph explained his life in really good words that made the reader want to read more from the book. Something that I didn't like was the ending of the story. I thought It was going to be different but apparently it was not. I would recommended this book to ...more
TahjGrimes
Oct 24, 2016 TahjGrimes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book I felt it really hit home and showed that you never really know whats going on in a persons life
Stanley Bennett Clay
While his father Peter is off fighting the war in Iraq, 15-year-old Joseph Flood is in a battle of his own; one as emotionally taxing, politically questionable, and rife with as many (if not more) innocent casualties than the Middle East engagement.

The spiritual death of so many young African American males at the hands of political neglect, drug-addicted babies having babies, and the systemic indoctrination of self-hate and short life expectancy ‘encouraged’ by neglectful bureaucracy, bad paren
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Devan Mask
Nov 14, 2013 Devan Mask rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Devan by: No one
Summary Tease
Joseph is a 2008 novel from the author of National Book Award finalist The Legend of Buddy Bush, Shelia P. Moses. This is an urban fiction novel of a 15 year old African American boy, named Joseph Flood, living in a homeless shelter with his mother in a (n) North Carolina ghetto neighborhood. Life has been increasingly tough trying to parent his drug and alcohol addicted mother, while is father is away fighting in war in Iraq initially unaware of his now seemingly hopeless circumst
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bopp king barnes
Feb 22, 2016 bopp king barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This boy name Joseph was homeless and his dad had left and his mom is addict to drugs. The genre of the story is realistic fiction. The major moment in this story is when Joseph mom had set the house on fire with her cigarette. This story took place at a shelter, Dulles High,Shirley house.
My story is about a boy name Joseph his mother was a drug addict. Joseph dad had left her and wanted to take cussed e of Joseph but he had miss 2 court dates because of the army. Every time his dad had sent m
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Alexis Noel
Jul 23, 2011 Alexis Noel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was pretty good. i like books that are realistic because life doesn't have a happy ending.

This book is about a boy named Joseph who lives in North Carolina. His mom is a drug addict who didn't have a job and slept all day and his father is fighting in the war in Iraq. His mom Betty, spent so much of all their money that her and Joseph had to move to a shelter. She never was really supportive of him but his dad always believed in him. When it came down to it, all Betty had was J
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Angie Fisher
Feb 11, 2009 Angie Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In an ideal world, teenagers aren’t responsible for taking care of their parents. Joseph doesn’t live in an ideal world, though. As a matter of fact, he lives about as far from it as humanly possible. Forced to change schools yet again due to the fact he and Mamma are living in a new shelter, Joseph isn’t worried about fitting in as much as he’s worried about the other students finding out Mamma is an addict.

Desperate to keep family services from finding out about Mamma’s lies, alcohol and drug
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Ms. Yingling
Which might explain why I liked Sheila P. Moses' Joseph. It was unrelentingly depressing, but at least I could say "My life isn't that bad." Every year, students (mainly 7th grade girls in February) want to read about child abuse, drug abuse, etc., and I just don't understand. It makes their lives seem ggod by comparison. Joseph's mother is a crack addict who has lost their home because of her addictions. She has no redeeming qualities, and goes so far as to keep Joseph from moving in with his a ...more
Nadia Hall
Sep 25, 2010 Nadia Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph by Sheila P. Moses is a very good book. Joseph is about a fifteen year old boy named Joseph Flood. For Joseph most of all his life has been nothing but TOUGH! Joseph's life has been this way because he has a mom that is addicted to alcohol and drugs and a dad that is away in Iraq. Therefore, he has no one left to help support to his needs but his Aunt Shirley (Joseph's Mom's Sister) who lets just say if you put them together in one room they act as if they are evil rivals instead of siste ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Jul 18, 2012 Mrs. Tongate rated it it was amazing
Meet Joseph Flood. He's 15 and he and his mother are now living in a homeless shelter. His mother is usually strung out on drugs and sometimes Joseph feels that she just keeps him around so she can collect child support and welfare. There are just so many things stacked up against him. But he dreams of finishing school and maybe even going to college. His lawyer aunt begs him to come live with her in the suburbs, but Joseph knows he is all his mother has and never wants to leave her. Joseph's pa ...more
Jessica Meier
Jun 17, 2013 Jessica Meier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs, book-talks
Joseph is a book about a boy who lives with his drug addicted mother at a homeless shelter. He has spent most of his life bouncing from place to place. He has just started a new school and is trying to make a better life for himself, but his mother embarrasses him every time he starts over. He has a loving and involved father who is in the Army and deployed to Iraq. Joseph has been offered a home at his aunt's house, but he feels a responsibility to take care of his mother.

I thought this book w
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Cheryl Durham
Jul 04, 2016 Cheryl Durham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read for young people as they try to navigate life and for adults to see how their decision-making is impactful (whether good or bad) in their lives of their children. I particularly loved how extended family came together to do what was best for the youth. Likewise other situations will be presented: sports and character building, Military deployment and its impact on families, drug abuse and addiction, homelessness, etc.

Note: This author has won numerous awards. This book was read be
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Virginia Walter
Joseph is struggling to be a good kid in the face of really tough odds. He's had good people in his corner, but now his grandparents have died, his Dad's in Iraq, and his crackhead mother's behavior has become increasingly erratic. His mom has lost the house her father left over and spends all the child support and welfare money she gets on booze and drugs. Mother and son are now living in a homeless shelter. Joseph's concern for his mother and his loyalty to her are evidence of his sweet nature ...more
Kourt Williams
This was a very moving and emotional book. Joseph(main character)is raised in the inner city. His dad in Iraq and his mother hooked on drugs. His auntie is trying to gain custody of him. During the whole book I felt bad for Joseph because of all the trauma that he went through at such a young age. But later on in the book his auntie does gain custody of him then he starts playing tennis which is the sport he loved but his mother could never afford for him to play. So he has a better life with hi ...more
Autumn
Joseph is a sophomore living in Durham, N.C. His mom is a complete mess and he knows it, but he remains loyal to her. Despite his family troubles, he tries to do his best in school and on the tennis team. But he is constantly worried about what scams his drug-addicted mom will pull to ruin everything for him this time.

This book is written in a very simple and straightforward style with few words on the page for a YA book. The cover is attractive. Give this one to reluctant readers who could use
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Sherrie
This is a very quick read, I read it this afternoon and enjoyed it. Joseph is 15, and lives in a homeless shelter with his drug addicted mother. His father does not live with him, but is supportive and communicates often from his military assignment in Iraq. Joseph struggles with his dual desires- he wants a better life for himself, but fears that if he doesn't watch over his mother she may not survive. The reader becomes very invested in Joseph as he seeks direction. This book is recommended fo ...more
Anthony
Mar 16, 2010 Anthony is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Im still at the beginning of this book but so far ive learned that the main character joseph is currently going through rough times while living with his mom. Josephs mom is not trying to get help with her drug addiction and has affect on joseph because they're currently living in a shelter. Joseph does have a father but he was sent away to iraq for war and because of his mothers addiction. joseph has tried repeatedly to get full child custody of him.
Lisa Lewis
Though the story is tragic and gripping, the writing style of this short novel took away from the overall effect, in my opinion. Joseph is torn between caring for his drug-addicted mother and wanting a normal life as a high school student. Ultimately, the choice is taken from him when his aunt brings Joseph into her home to await the arrival of his father from Iraq. I would have liked the book much better if the writing style had not been so stiff.
Gabrielle
Joseph is a touching story about a 15 year boy faced with separation from his father deployed to Iraq, caring for his drug addicted mother, adjusting to a new school and homelessness. This is an excellent read to spark discussion and writing about relevant social issues. A simple, realistic and brief read students will find elements of the story to identify with and enjoy.
Laurie
Painful story about neglectful, drug-addicted mother and her teenage son who won't leave her because she doesn't have anyone else. While, like other reviewers, I had some problems with the writing style and with Joseph seeming much younger than a teenager, it's a moving book that will interest some students.
Mary
Aug 10, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens
Recommended to Mary by: My Library
This book had a sad story line, letting you into a world of a boy who had many struggles in his life and still was able to excel. Though I thought the book was good, I wish it was longer and I wish there was more excitement.
Christopher W.
Mar 11, 2015 Christopher W. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
the book joseph is a book about a boy named joseph. And his life is tough because of mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because his dad went away to fight in iraq.can a boy whos only fifteen years old win his daily battle to survive and have a normal life. ...more
Abby Rogers
this book is awesome!!! I'm in the 6th grade and im reading it for AR points its kinda sad though about his mother doing maruijana and not carng about her only child...
Vi Louise
Nov 17, 2012 Vi Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story with redemption for the protaganist. Good character development for most although the father could have been flushed out more.
Sydney
Sep 03, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good. What makes the book interesting is finding out about his mom. READ THE BOOK???????? BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!
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Poet, author, playwright, and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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