All American Boysby Jason Reynolds , Brendan Kiely
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- Grades: 9 - 12
- Ages: 14 - and up
Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a violent act that leaves their community, and ultimately the country, bitterly divided by racial tension.
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But there are 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 powerful novel shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, ripped from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.