All American Boys

All American Boys Cover

All American Boys

By Jason Reynolds; Brendan Kiely

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, Hardcover, 9781481463331, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Description
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature.
In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award winning novel, two teens one black, one white grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
A bag of chips. That's all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad's pleadings that he's stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad's resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad's every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?
There were witnesses: Quinn Collins a varsity basketball player and Rashad's classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team half of whom are Rashad's best friends start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.
Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this four-starred reviews tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.


About the Author
Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he s afraid he ll forget it all before he gets home. Jason is the author of critically acclaimed "When I Was the Greatest", for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books "Boy in the Black Suit" and "All American Boys" (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); and "As Brave as You", his middle grade debut. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Brendan Kielyreceived his MFA from the City College of New York. He is the author, with Jason Reynolds, of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor book "All American Boys". His debut novel, "The Gospel of Winter", has been published in eight languages, was selected as one of the American Library Association s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015, and was a "Kirkus Reviews "selection for the Best of 2014. He is also the author of "The Last True Love Story". Originally from the Boston area, henow lives with his wife in Greenwich Village. Find out more at BrendanKiely.com.


NPR
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016

In All American Boys, a video of a policeman beating a black student goes viral. The book's authors, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, talk about how their story is sparking conversations about race. More at NPR.org

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