All American Boys

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A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. 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.A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, 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 concrete pavement? There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—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 savior 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. Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this four-starred reviewed tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken directly from today’s headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.

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A 2016 Coretta Scott King Writer Honor ebook, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Excellent Kids’s Literature. On this New York Instances bestselling novel, two teenagers—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their faculty, their group, and, in the end, the nation bitterly divided by racial pressure.A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is in search of on the nook bodega. What he finds as an alternative is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who errors Rashad for a shoplifter, errors Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, errors Rashad’s resistance to depart the bodega as resisting arrest, errors Rashad’s each flinch at each punch the cop throws as additional resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. However how are you going to keep nonetheless when somebody is pounding your face into the concrete pavement? There have been witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball participant and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his personal father died in Afghanistan—and a video digicam. Quickly the beating is all around the information and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to imagine that the person who has mainly been his savior may probably be responsible. However then Rashad is absent. And absent once more. And once more. And the basketball staff—half of whom are Rashad’s greatest pals—begin to take sides. As does the varsity. And the city. Simmering tensions threaten to blow up as Rashad and Quinn are compelled to face choices and penalties that they had by no means thought of earlier than. Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this four-starred reviewed tour de power shares the alternating views of Rashad and Quinn because the problems from that single violent second, the kind taken immediately from right now’s headlines, unfold and reverberate to focus on an unwelcome reality.

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