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All American Boys

Jason Reynolds

In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens – one Black, one white – grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

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A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn – a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan – and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his saviour could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team – half of whom are Rashad’s best friends – start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

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Mind-blowingly powerful story of police brutality and overcoming the racism of silence... a punch-packing wake-up call for us all to stand up and plant ourselves on the right side of history... a smart, incisive, rousing read for our times

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Reynolds and Kiely have crafted a sensitive and unique examination of police brutality from the perspective of two teenage boys... an informative and heart-wrenching read

Bad Form
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Urgent reading

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Racism, prejudice and the imbalance of power still plaguing America are at the heart of this powerful and thought-provoking YA novel

Culture Fly
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A timely book and a gripping read

Scotland on Sunday

Jason Reynolds is a critically acclaimed American writer and poet and winner of the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. From Jason: “Here’s what I know: I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don’t…

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