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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers…

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their… (original 2017; edition 2017)

by Dashka Slater (Author)

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Title:The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Authors:Dashka Slater (Author)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2017), 320 pages

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An amazing, eye opening, historical account for everyone to read. Things happen to good kids. We are a product of our environment, either we join it or we surpass it. Be Careful. ( )
  Starla_Aurora | Oct 29, 2018 |
57 Bus is nonfiction that tells the true story of an agender teen, Sasha, who rode the 57 bus home every day. One day, on that bus, three teen boys are being obnoxious jerks and Richard takes a lighter to Sasha’s skirts and seems surprised when it goes up in flames. The remainder of the story discusses Sasha’s recovery and the court case surrounding Richard. It’s a remarkable story about identity, choices, consequences and, in the end, forgiveness. Everyone needs to read this bbo ( )
  lindamamak | Jul 17, 2018 |
Dashka Slater’s achievement in having written “The 57 Bus” is notable for a few reasons. First, she has composed a well-written and engaging work of non-fiction for Young Adult readers—a rather rare feat in itself. Second, she utilizes a writing style that blends journalistic and straightforward accounts of a quite brutal event with the voices of those whose lives were forever altered by that event. In doing so, she demonstrates the complexity of the issues involved in this tale of an agender teenager, Sasha, who fell asleep on a bus and woke up engulfed in flames after another teenager senselessly set fire to the skirt Sasha was wearing.

Most of the “chapters” that comprise this book are no longer than 2 or 3 pages. While this choppy reportorial structure could potentially create an uneven staccato rhythm to Slater’s writing, instead it accurately reproduces the assortment of viewpoints and contexts that create an intricate mosaic around the unfortunate event, its causes, and its consequences. Slater begins by presenting an account of the event itself. She then shifts the focus to Sasha, a teenager who embodies the very meaning of intersectional identity—Sasha, assigned male at birth, identifies as agender or genderqueer—that is, neither male nor female. Sasha uses the gender-neutral pronouns “they” and “them,” a practice Slater adopts throughout the book. Sasha is also on the autism spectrum. The next section of the book focuses on Richard, who set Sasha’s skirt on fire. Richard, a black teenager, lives in poverty and has grown up surrounded by crime and violence. When Richard’s and Sasha’s lives intersect one fateful day in Oakland on the 57 bus, Slater focuses on the complex ways in which race, gender, sexuality, privilege, prejudice, and socioeconomics affect what happens next as she discusses perceptions and misperceptions of sexuality, gender identity, and institutionalized racism.

The book proceeds at a brisk pace that belies its profound implications, and it handles complex and relevant contemporary issues in a style appropriate for its intended adolescent audience. I highly recommend that everyone read this book and share it with a young adult. ( )
  jimrgill | Jul 15, 2018 |
This was a true story engagingly told and well written. Sasha was on the 57 bus on the way home from school when their skirt was lit of fire by Richard. The text delves into the backstories of Sasha and Richard and then picks up at the event and what happened in the aftermath. Sasha identifies as agender, and there is a lot of information in the book about gender identity which is helpful. Sasha and Richard's families also are portrayed in the book. Throughly researchers, compassionately written. Reading the book serves to raise one consciousness. ( )
  ewyatt | Jun 20, 2018 |
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This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of a teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

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