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Booklist Starred (September 15, 2015):

Starred Review */ Grades 9-12 Two teenage boys , one black (Rashad) and one white (Quinn), are inextricably linked when Quinn witnesses Rashad being savagely beaten with little or no provocation by a policeman who has served as Quinn’s de facto big brother since his father was killed in Afghanistan—and whose younger brother is one of Quinn’s best friends. Can Quinn simply walk away from this apparent atrocity and pretend he hasn’t seen what he has seen? And what of Rashad? Hospitalized with internal bleeding, all  he wants is to be left alone so he can focus on his art. The challenge for both boys  becomes more intense when the case becomes a cause célèbre dividing first their school and then the entire community. The basketball team becomes a microcosm of split loyalties and angry disputes that come to a head when a protest march powerfully demonstrates the importance of action in the face of injustice. With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely writing Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book  is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all -too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which this superb book powerfully enables.



Rashad and Quinn - one black, one white, both American teens – grapple with the repercussions of a violent act that leaves their school, community, and country bitterly divided by racial tension. They face the unspeakable truth that racism & prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, one where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.

Read the first few lines...

   "Your left! Your left! Your left-right-left! Your left! Your left! Your left-right-left!
   Yeah, yeah, yeah.
   I left. I left. I left-left-left that wack school and that even more wack ROTC drill team because it was Friday, which to me, and basically every other person on Earth, meant it was time to party. Okay, maybe not everybody on Earth. I'm sure there was a monk somewhere on a mountain who might've been thinking of something else. But I wasn't no monk."

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