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The shocking, powerful true story of the lives of 7 young kids, marred by guns, gangs and violence on one of Britain's toughest estates. 'Eight years old. That's when life went downhill. From eight years old nobody looked after me. I just lived on the streets and made do by myself. There was no one except me and my friends.' Simon This is the story of 7 young boys who have one thing in common -- they grew up in a London street gang. JaJa looks out of his kitchen window and sees drug dealers, pimps and whores. He ends up as a kid leading a street gang. Phat Si comes home from school one day to find his mother gone so he takes to the streets. He's 8 years old. Ribz's mother sells crack and is sent to prison. He doesn't know who his father is but does know that his dad has an unknown number of children living on the same estate. He's determined to find some kind of family. Street Boys tells a powerful and important true story of courage, determination and hope -- of creating a family from your friends and starting again when the world seems against you. Key title / Written by award-winning documentary film maker Tim Pritchard who spent 2 years with the gang, this is the powerful true story of a young British street gang / The hardback gained great media attention including appearances on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show, ChoiceFM, SkyNews, a Channel 4 documentary on Street Weapons and London Tonight, plus a debate at the House of Commons on youth crime and news features in the Evening Standard and The Independent. / The first book of its kind written from the perspective of kids involved in youth gang crime. With a foreword and afterword by gang leader Elijah or JaJa who has renounced violence and is now a spokesperson against gun crime. / On paperback publication, JaJa to embark on a nationwide tour of schools and libraries to speak out against gangs, gun and knife crime. / Competition: A Piece of Cake, Cupcake Brown

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Tim Pritchard is a documentary film maker and producer of the BAFTA award-winning series Ross Kemp on Gangs. He lives in London.

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'Powerful and moving.' Mothers Against Guns

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