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All American boys

Author: Jason Reynolds; Brendan Kiely
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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That's the sidewalk graffiti that started it all ... Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn't matter what Rashad said next -- that it was an accident, that he wasn't stealing -- the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Juvenile works
Young adult works
Fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Reynolds; Brendan Kiely
ISBN: 9781481463331 1481463330 9781481463348 1481463349
OCLC Number: 921142245
Notes: "A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
Awards: Coretta Scott King Author Honor, 2016
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2016
Description: 316 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely.

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That's the sidewalk graffiti that started it all ... Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn't matter what Rashad said next -- that it was an accident, that he wasn't stealing -- the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again ... and again ... stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing. And that's how it started. And that's what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend's older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn't tell a soul ... He's not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school -- and nation -- start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like "racism" and "police brutality." Quinn realizes he's got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he's a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be. Rashad and Quinn -- one black, one white, both American -- face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn't die after the civil rights movement. There's a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world. Cuz that's how it can end.

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