Lullabies for Little Criminals

Lullabies for Little Criminals

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A new deluxe edition of the international bestseller by Heather O'Neill, the Giller-shortlisted author of Daydreams of Angels and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, featuring an original foreword from the author, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the coming-of-age story that People describes as "a vivid portrait of life on skid row."

Baby, all of thirteen years old, is lost in the gangly, coltish moment between childhood and the strange pulls and temptations of the adult world. Her mother is dead; her father, Jules, is scarcely more than a child himself and is always on the lookout for his next score. Baby knows that "chocolate milk" is Jules' slang for heroin and sees a lot more of that in her house than the real article. But she takes vivid delight in the scrappy bits of happiness and beauty that find their way to her, and moves through the threat of the streets as if she's been choreographed in a dance.



Soon, though, a hazard emerges that is bigger than even her hard-won survival skills can handle. Alphonse, the local pimp, has his eye on her for his new girl; he wants her body and soul--and what the johns don't take he covets for himself. At the same time, a tender and naively passionate friendship unfolds with a boy from her class at school, who has no notion of the dark claims on her--which even her father, lost on the nod, cannot totally ignore. Jules consigns her to a stint in juvie hall, and for the moment this perceived betrayal preserves Baby from terrible harm--but after that, her salvation has to be her own invention.



Channeling the artlessly affecting voice of her thirteen-year-old heroine with extraordinary accuracy and power, Heather O'Neill's heartbreaking and wholly original debut novel blew readers away when it was first published ten years ago. Now in a new deluxe package it is sure to capture its next decade of readers as Baby picks her pathway along the edge of the abyss to arrive at a place of redemption, and of love.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial
Copyright Date: ♭2006
ISBN: 9780062571465
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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bandblair Jul 03, 2017

I really enjoyed the story and the writing style. I agree with the comments about the narrator. She had difficulty with making her voice angry and I could never tell the difference between who was talking.

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rlinda
Oct 18, 2014

This story is fascinating but the audiobook version is very disappointing as the reader is not only monotonous but also makes mistakes, especially in the pronunciation of French words (the story takes place in Montreal).

beckz Oct 21, 2008

How oblivious we are to this world and issues when we are so far removed yet its right in front of us. Having a 13 year old daughter made it that more scary and real that this happens in our society and right here in our country (and most likely in our city). An eye opener.

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