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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning novelist Tayari Jones delivers a story based on the 1979-1980 Atlanta child murders. Told from the perspective of three fifth-grade classmates, Leaving Atlanta is a vividly disturbing, but hopeful novel. Tasha, Rodney, and Octavia each share the same wish: to be accepted. But reality soon crashes into their world, bringing with it fear and confusion. Children in their class are being kidnapped. Suddenly, popularity and recognition don't seem so important. Making it home safely through the menacing streets of Atlanta is an everyday challenge. Even their parents are unnerved by this violent outbreak. Who will protect these children now?
The convincing characters, voiced by a full cast of narrators, make this a haunting and effective work. Leaving Atlanta confronts complicated and sensitive subjects with just the right amount of sorrow and promise.
©2002 Tayari Jones (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"This strongly grounded tale hums with the rhythms of schoolyard life and proves Jones to be a powerful storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)
"She conveys powerfully the loneliness of a us a picture of children unsure they would even see tomorrow." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nee on 02-27-17


I was born in 82. This was news to me. My mom grew up in SC and intimately remembers this.

The story is broken up into three segments. Enjoy them all but Octavia's was the best. The narrator for her was excellent.

Tayari gave a realistic glimpse in what it felt like to be a child during that time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 03-31-16


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Tayari Jones always portrays characters so well. I love to read her books. The topic of this book is especially sad, even more so because it describes something that really happened. So, with the sadness of coming to the end of a good read and the subject of the book, pick this book when you're feeling upbeat. It is a good book. I'm glad to have discovered this good author.

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