Bobby Richardson Books -
Rated "5 out of 5 stars"
by critic A.B. Jacson




The Neighborhood


GOD-fearing parents raised Marvin and Carlton. If they even had a hint of a suggestion that they sons were in a common street gang, well, there would certainly be hell-to-pay. But, also what parents seldom have a hint of a suggestion of is the high level of viciousness on the streets. When Marvin’s parents go to work, they traveled to a mature and civilized environment. No problem. When Marvin and his brother go to school, neighborhood juvenile delinquents surround it protecting their “turf” from suspicious “outsiders.” That’s a big problem for youngsters to handle. The results are lots of conflicts, lots of fights, full-blown, large-scale gang-wars. That results in very little learning, and very low grades. Marvin’s parents were too busy working their minimum-wage jobs and too under-educated to appropriately motive and monitor their children. The teachers hands are full just trying to maintain attention and discipline in the classroom. Thus, Marvin and Carlton, for all practical purposes, found themselves gliding aimlessly through the educational system in survival mode.
Marvin’s father, despite having only a 5th grade education, prided himself on being rather progressive for his age. It is clearly demonstrated in some of the old black and white pictures of him as a young man. In those pictures, Mr. Robinson sports high style of the day and literally radiates with self-confidence and virility. He considered himself as a qualified “Ladies Man.”  Yet, he never learned to read or write his name in script. But what he lacked in academic education, he made up for in hard-work ethic and determination. It was well known, by everyone who knew him, that his emotional tolerance level was very low. He had an explosive and violent temper. His mounting frustration in Neighborhood’s rapidly deteriorating condition drove him to seek a mortgage. Thanks to his outstanding work history and excellent credit rating he was granted a government-subsidized low-income family mortgage in a new neighborhood that was “red lined” to become a “new ghetto.” So, he packed up his family and moved to what he called, “a better neighborhood.”  Or so he thought.


For the rest of the story:
Buy "The Neighborhood" by Bobby Richardson
ISBN # 9781449053130                   
Also coming soon to a bookstore near you or online, the sequel to my novel above

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