"Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time." (John Green)
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Angie Thomas Website.
“Dashka Slater wrote The 57 Bus for teenagers, but her audience should also include parents. The two youngsters from Oakland, Calif., whose paths cross so disastrously are both extremely likable…Slater doesn’t apologize for Richard; she just asks us to consider where he came from and to question the ingrained prejudice of a legal system that eventually locked him up for five years.”―The New York Times Book Review
“[J]ournalist Dashka Slater’s nuanced nonfiction account of an Oakland crime involving two teens — Sasha, the victim, and Richard, the perpetrator — encourages readers to think beyond rigid, traditional social norms and the prejudices that often accompany them. . . This is a book about individuals caught within — and pushing against — the framework of culture.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“The 57 Bus does what all great books do—reveals our world to us anew.” ―BookPage
“Slater provides a nuanced portrait of both teenagers and delves into the hot-button issues of gender nonconformity, bias crimes and juvenile justice.” ―The Washington Post
“A powerful story of class and race, gender and identity, justice and mercy, love and hate. Using interviews, court documents, and news accounts, Slater has crafted a compelling true-crime story with ramifications for our most vulnerable youth.” ―The Horn Book
“[A] thought-provoking tale of class, race, gender, morality and forgiveness. . . The 57 Bus will leave you with a hole in your heart and tears running down your cheeks. For a book about a horrible crime, the amount of love is remarkable.” ―The Daily Californian
“It is likely that this account will spark conversations, debates, and contemplation, perhaps leading readers to define for themselves what justice means.” ―VOYA
“[A]remarkable book about a terrible act and the consequences that followed.” ―LitHub A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year