Lullabies for Little Criminals

Lullabies for Little Criminals

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"At thirteen, Baby vacillates between childhood comforts and adult temptation: still young enough to drag her dolls around in a vinyl suitcase yet old enough to know more than she should about urban cruelties. Motherless, she lives with her father, Jules, who takes better care of his heroin habit than he does of his daughter. Baby's gift is a genius for spinning stories and for cherishing the small crumbs of happiness that fall into her lap. But her blossoming beauty has captured the attention of a charismatic and dangerous local pimp who runs an army of sad, slavishly devoted girls - a volatile situation even the normally oblivious Jules cannot ignore. And when an escape disguised as betrayal threatens to crush Baby's spirit, she will ultimately realize that the power of salvation rests in her hands alone."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2016], c2006
Edition: Tenth anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780062468475
0062468472
Branch Call Number: FIC ONEILL 2016
Characteristics: xii, 330 pages, 16 pages : portrait ; 21 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 26, 2017

This is a hard book to write a review for, as I'm not really sure how I actually feel about it. I liked the book in terms of subject, how I was able to see the perspective and experiences of a young girl whose childhood was different from mine in almost every way possible. But at the same time, there were certain parts of this story that I wasn't sure if I should just ignore because they did add a crucial part to the plot of the story, or if I should be angry at them because it really is so wrong. But now I'm thinking that that is for each reader to decide on their own, and also the emotions the author was hoping we felt while reading. Props to Ms. O'Neill for creating such a thought-provoking, eye-opening story. I have a love/hate relationship with it. 3.5/5 Stars
- @activistreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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fpsutka
Apr 04, 2017

It is a sad but still engrossing novel. I wonder just how much of it is autobiographical, as Heather did grow up with her father (and not her mother) in Montreal.

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NatMack17
Mar 09, 2017

Kim T. recommended it, well written

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Margush
Aug 27, 2016

Excellent book and very well written. Sometimes we judge people without knowing or understanding their life circumstances and why they are so different from what we think fits under the label "normal". This book povides an example of how quickly someone's life could change its direction and how difficult it could be to cope with those changes.

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vcc
Feb 02, 2016

Once in a while a great book comes along that you will remember long after having read it. This happens to be one of those rare books.

There are many passages that I found moving and if read it with a highlighter it would be almost completely marked.

The story in the book seems to reflect the author's childhood. Her writings of the bleak situation are moving and it is sad to think that any child has to live like that but it is a reality for some.

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empbee
Sep 27, 2015

Heather O'Neill is a very good writer. This book is very sad and thought provoking. Should be, if not already, on the reading list for social work courses.

mmokrz01 Jun 29, 2015

I love, love, love this book! One of my favorites! ... I recommend it to everyone.

kbo90 Mar 14, 2015

Just...so good. Not to be missed.

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Lucky_Luke
Dec 02, 2014

I liked the depiction of underdog class of dishwashers and street bums in downtown Montreal. It is gritty and merciless; however, the protagonist and her father show that people are more than the sum of their circumstances.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

As 12-year-old Baby explains, her name is ironic: “It didn’t mean you were innocent at all. It meant you were cool and gorgeous.” Although Baby is experienced enough to realize “chocolate milk” is her father’s code for heroin and strippers aren’t the fictional mermaid creatures she once thought they were, she is innocent enough to live happily in squalor in the red-light district of 1980s Montreal. However, with puberty, Baby’s world becomes increasingly complicated. On the surface a disturbing story, Baby’s uplifting spirit overpowers entirely. Stunningly well written.

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Cabby
Mar 04, 2008

Suddenly I realized that I wanted everything to be as it was when I was younger. When you're young enough, you don't know that you live in a cheap lousy apartment. A cracked chair is nothing other than a chair. A dandelion growing out of a crack in the sidewalk outside your front door is a garden. You could believe that a song your parent was singing in the evening was the most tragic opera in the world. It never occurs to you when you are very young to need something other than what your parents have to offer you.

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Cabby
Mar 04, 2008

No matter how scuzzy and crazy their parents are, kids still try to make them feel good about themselves.

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Cabby
Mar 04, 2008

I don't know why I was upset about not being an adult. It was right around the corner. Becoming a child again is what is impossible. That's what you have legitimate reason to be upset over. Childhood is the most valuable thing that's take away from you in life, if you think about it.

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Cabby
Mar 04, 2008

If you want a child to love you, then you should just go and hide in the closet for 3 or 4 hours. They get down on their knees and pray for you to return. That child will turn you into God. Lonely children probably wrote the bible.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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