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Dear Martin
2017
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Characters
Justyce McAllister (Male), Student, African American, Top of his high school; tries to overcome his surroundings to succeed;
Genre
Fiction
Young adult
Family & relationships
Topics
Violence
Racism
Prejudice
Family
African American youth
Police brutality
Life changes
King, Martin Luther
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Actor Graham delivers a resonant performance of Stone's debut YA novel, which explores the experiences of a black student in a predominantly white high school. Like other teens, Justyce is trying to understand who he is in an age of social media and social inequality. As one of a few African-Americans in an elite high school, he is already familiar with issues of race that permeate education, but an unprovoked run-in with the cops brings home just how different Justyce's experiences are from those of his friends. Stone skillfully weaves recent events and statistics of the violence inflicted upon black men and boys by the police in the novel, which Graham underscores with subtle hints of emotion, emphasizing how teenage people of color must navigate a fundamentally different set of rules than white teenagers. But the highlight of the audiobook is the in the way Graham captures Justyce's frustration and pain in a series of letters that he wrote to his historical role model, Martin Luther King Jr. Together, Stone and Graham deliver an intimate and raw audiobook that will linger in listeners' minds. Ages 14-up. A Crown hardcover. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"Powerful, wrenching." -JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down <br> <br> "Raw and gripping." -JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys <br> <br> "A must-read!" -ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give <br> <br> 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 New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist. <br> <br> Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.<br> <br> Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.<br> <br> Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up-- way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.<br> <br> "Vivid and powerful." -Booklist, Starred Review <br> <br> "A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice." - Publishers Weekly
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