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Punching the air / written by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam ; illustrations by Omar T. Pasha.

Zoboi, Ibi Aanu, (author.). Salaam, Yusef, (author.). Pasha, Omar T., (illustrator.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Upper Skagit Library.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Upper Skagit Library ZOB 1011266 Young Adult Fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062996480
  • ISBN: 0062996487
  • ISBN: 9780008422141
  • ISBN: 0008422141
  • Physical Description: 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]

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From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. The story that I thought was my life didn't start on the day I was born. Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. "Boys just being boys" turns out to be true only when those boys are white. The story that I think will be my life starts today. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it' With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.
Subject: African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Artists > Juvenile fiction.
False imprisonment > Juvenile fiction.
African American teenage boys > Juvenile fiction.
Teenage artists > Juvenile fiction.
Judicial error > Juvenile fiction.
Male prisoners > Juvenile fiction.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration > Juvenile fiction.
Criminal justice, Administration of > Juvenile fiction.
Justice > Juvenile fiction.
Racism > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Teenage boys > Fiction.
Artists > Fiction.
Judicial error > Fiction.
Male prisoners > Fiction.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration > Fiction.
Criminal justice, Administration of > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Justice > Fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Novels in Verse.
African American teenage boys.
African Americans.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration.
False imprisonment.
Judicial error.
Male prisoners.
Teenage artists.
Genre: Young adult fiction
Novels in verse.
Young adult works.
Young adult fiction.
Novels in verse.

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