My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Social Issues, Contemporary, Race
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
This is actually a book I would recommend teachers order for their schools to make their students read.
Because it doesn’t simply tell a story; it introduces the reader to various important equality-related topics and values.
Note the word ”introduces”. It will not go into extreme length about, for instance, affirmative action, but it will talk about it in a way that makes the reader understand easily and then want to talk about it themselves by using their own examples.
Martin Luther King is someone who is mentioned at least once by every teacher you’ll encounter, especially your Humanities ones. Not to be confused with Martin Luther, who is a very different historical figure. Although they are both heroes, if I do say so myself.
But the reason Doctor King is such an important topic, still today, is because of his decision to fight injustice with love and peace. Kill them unjust laws with kindness. Our main character, Justyce, studies Doctor King in order to understand his own life better.
But it isn’t always easy to keep one’s anger in control and show a smile when it seems that there is nothing worth fighting for anymore. What’s the point, if nothing ever changes? So Justyce has a tumultuous journey in front of him.
Be there with him.
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