A kid from Southie
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Published by WestSide Books in Lodi, N.J .
Written in English


  • Organized crime,
  • Mothers and sons,
  • Conduct of life,
  • Boxing,
  • Single-parent families,
  • Fiction,
  • High schools,
  • Schools

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Desperate to help his unemployed mother, seventeen-year-old Aiden O"Connor reluctantly begins working for the Irish mob in tough South Boston, despite his coach"s efforts to convince him he could be a professional boxer.

Edition Notes

Statementby John Shea and Michael Harmon
ContributionsHarmon, Michael B.
LC ClassificationsPZ7.S53753 Kid 2011
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24804339M
ISBN 109781934813539
LC Control Number2010054022

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Desperation drives this brutal, unflinching coming-of-age story, inspired by adult author Shea’s (Rat Bastards) experiences as a teenage boxer in South Boston and fleshed out in collaboration with. A kid from Southie. [John Shea; Michael B Harmon] -- Desperate to help his unemployed mother, seventeen-year-old Aiden O'Connor reluctantly begins working for the Irish mob in tough South Boston, despite his coach's efforts to convince him he could be. Exploding with tough choices and the grit of true crime, A Kid from Southie is the story of one teen s dangerous trip through the temptations of power and the sacrifices that come with it on his way to . A breakaway bestseller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. The anti-busing riots of forever changed Southie, Boston’s working class Irish community, branding it as a violent, racist enclave.

  Pride comes from within and Michael Patrick McDonald born in tells his tale of family roots, which run deep in the white poverty stricken terrain of South Boston known to all as “Southie”/5(). He is a great kid.” Ward went on to win the World Boxing Union Championship and became immortalized by Mark Wahlberg in the movie The Fighter. Wahlberg also wrote the introduction to Rat Bastards, and briefly owned the movie rights to the book. Shea, meanwhile, returned to South Boston and continued training and selling drugs on the side. John Shea continued his writing career with the acclaimed young adult novel A Kid From Southie. The story was inspired by John's life, growing up with an alcoholic father, pursuing the dream of becoming a boxer, living a teenage romance as he navigates a world of organized crime in South Boston as by someone who experienced it. Born and bred in " God's Country" South Boston, MA.

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in "the best place in the world"--the Old Colony projects of South Boston--where 85% of the residents collect welfare in an area with the highest concentration of 4/5(14). The All Souls: A Family Story From Southie Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. Talented boxer, Aiden O'Connor, is from the poor, rough side of South Boston. When his raw talent and temper combine, he finds himself kicked out of school. I was right there with conflicted Aiden as he was forced to make some tough decisions about his future.5/5(1). Written by Julian Frank All Souls: A Family Story From Southie is an autobiographical memoir written by Michael Patrick MacDonald and published by Beacon Press in September The writing recounts MacDonald's growing up in the Old Colony Housing Projects in South Boston, a neighborhood comprised of mostly white Irish Catholics.