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; and he wants her body and soul — 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 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.
Heather O’Neill has channeled the artlessly affecting voice of her thirteen-year-old heroine with extraordinary accuracy and power. In the end, Lullabies for Little Criminals picks its pathway along the edge of the abyss to arrive at a place of redemption, and of love.
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