July 24, 2017

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All American Boys

Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely. S. & S./Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks.

Gr 8 Up–Black teen Rashad is assaulted by a white police officer. White classmate Quinn, who was practically raised by the police officer, witnessed it. When a video of the brutal event surfaces, the school, city, and country explode with protests and outrage, and the two protagonists must examine who they are and what they believe. Told in alternating chapters, this timely YA novel presents a stirring account of two young men coming to grips with the racism that pervades this country and the steps they must take to turn the centuries-long tide.

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