Everything you need to understand or teach Proper Library by Carolyn Ferrell.
Proper Library tells the story of one day in the life of Lorrie Adams, a fourteen-year-old gay black boy living in the housing projects of the South Bronx. Lorrie lives with his mother, his morose Aunt Estine, and a wide assortment of sisters, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Lorrie loves to take care of the kids, braiding their hair, ironing their clothes, and teaching them math and vocabulary words. There are nine little kids in all, but Lorrie points out, when my other aunt, Samantha, comes over I got three more.
Lorrie's day begins with his mother's reminder that when he returns home from school, they will practice the words. Lorrie learns new vocabulary words each week with his mother, who sees his potential and wants him to pass his City-Wide tests. Despite his obvious intelligence, Lorrie repeatedly fails the tests and is held back. His acerbic cousin Cee Cee... View more of the Proper Library Summary