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Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers
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Nov 22, 2011

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bookshelves: newbery-winner, young-adult
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Somewhere in the darkness Jimmy is trying to find light. Living in Harlem with a mother figure who loves him and takes care of him, he is quite content until his long lost father shows up at the door.

Jimmy's father Crab booked on out nine years ago and now, after breaking out of jail, decides to be a dad and take his son away from the only love and stability he has known.

Driving from Harlem to the deep south via stolen cars, living in flea bag rooms, drinking soda pop for meals, Jimmy discovers that his father really is not up for the job of parenthood.

When their journey ends at Crab's childhood town, Jimmy is weary of the lies and longs to return to home. Jimmy begins to realize his father is dying and that his primary purpose in taking Jimmy on this journey was a hope for redemption from a life gone sour a long, long time ago.

Discovering his father is not the dream model he always wanted while feeling empathy and sorrow, Jimmy learns that while a small ray of light isn't enough to sustain the warmth of security, a candle glow of insight is enough to help Jimmy understand the repercussions of his father's terrible childhood and the consequences of a path wrongly taken.

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