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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
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All American Boys (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Jason Reynolds (Author)

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When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
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Info:Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (2015), 320 pages
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Two authors tell a story of violent police brutality from two teens’ (one black, one white) perspectives. Set in present-day, the school and community wrestle with racial tension.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
Written by two different authors: one black, one white. The seminal event happens at a convenience store, when a woman falls over Rashad, when he is looking for his wallet and the store manager assumes he is stealing. He is beaten severely by Paul, an overzealous white cop, and witnessed by Quinn, a white basketball teammate of Rashad. Paul is also a family friend and protector of Quinn. Similar to The Hate U Give, the book explores issues of race, bias, and friendship, and, of course, the story happens all too often. It just didn't capture my interest. This was a combination of too much teen dialogue (and texting) -- either between characters or the thoughts of Rashad and Quinn, the absence of Paul's POV, and I was disappointed because the ending was a protest as opposed to the outcome of the criminal case. All that said, the book explores the still simmering racial divide that will not go away until everyone stands up for what is right and does not leave it to be resolved by others. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
teen fiction (race issues, all too real), Coretta Scott King Award winner. This didn't get really good until about halfway through, when Quinn starts really thinking about whether he can stay neutral, and characters start revealing their layers. A truly complicated issue and something that needs us all to take a good honest look at before things can improve. Thank you, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Alternating narrators: Rashad, ROTC, great art student, black and Quinn, same school, basketball player, white. With authentic voices & teen perspective, story unfolds of Rashad stopping into corner store for a bag of chips, having white lady trip over him, store owner panicking, thinking he's seeing something else - and a white police officer showing up, reacting suddenly, and pummeling Rashad until he's almost passed out on the sidewalk. The officer, Paul Galluzo, is Quinn's neighbor, older brother to his buddy Guzzo; Quinn was approaching the corner store just as Officer Galluzo was finishing his beating - at first frozen in shock, Quinn backtracks and warns his buddies in the alley to take off: sirens begin and Officer Galluzo's back up and an ambulance are arriving.
Rest of the book traces the growing media coverage, the students' reactions, the slow recovery of the injured Rashad - weeks in the hospital!- the growing dread of Quinn, who reluctantly faces up to his own role in the incident, bystander but witness - and the growing protest movement that emerges from the aftermath. Perfect book for a study in racial relations/police brutality/anti-racism - includes discussion questions. Could be paired with The Hate U Give - male protagonists instead of female. Coretta Scott King award winner 2015. ( )
  BDartnall | Jun 15, 2021 |
Rashad and Quinn are two boys who are different in race and face all different levels of racism and prejudice as they are best friends. They decide to take on the role of making sure no one else is absent due to police brutality. This book makes people really think about how many others are judge by their looks and where they come from rather than who they truly are. This book would not only be very informative for students but also a great book for some student to relate to. ( )
  Brooke115 | Apr 30, 2021 |
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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.
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