By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
A 2016 Coretta Scott King writer Honor publication, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for extraordinary Children’s Literature.
In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a unmarried violent act that leaves their university, their neighborhood, and, eventually, the rustic bitterly divided via racial tension.
A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is seeking on the nook bodega. What he unearths in its place is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who errors Rashad for a shoplifter, blunders Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen not anything for belligerence, error Rashad’s resistance to go away the bodega as resisting arrest, blunders Rashad’s each cringe at each punch the cop throws as extra resistance and refusal to stick nonetheless as ordered. yet how are you going to remain nonetheless while anyone 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 way of Paul due to the fact that his personal father died in Afghanistan—and a video digicam. quickly the thrashing is everywhere in the information and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to think that the guy who has essentially been his savior may very well be to blame. yet then Rashad is absent. And absent back. And back. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s top friends—start to take facets. As does the college. And town. Simmering tensions threaten to blow up as Rashad and Quinn are compelled to stand judgements and outcomes they'd by no means thought of before.
Written in tandem by means of award-winning authors, this four-starred studies journey de strength stocks the alternating views of Rashad and Quinn because the issues from that unmarried violent second, the kind taken from the headlines, spread and reverberate to spotlight an unwelcome fact.