Happy Wednesday, guys!
Our pick this week is one that we think will be extremely important to young teens: All American Boys by blog favorites Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly meme that allows bloggers to talk about what upcoming book they’re most looking forward to read!
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
But there were 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 tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.
Why I'm waiting:
First and foremost, I consider Jason and Brendan to be Twitter friends, so I'm instinctively inclined to like whatever it is they write.
But on a greater level, I also think that what the two of them write has huge significance, both to the young adult community and to society-at-large. Jason writes thoughtful, evocative novels on being young, and living in challenging circumstances, that anyone can relate to. Brendan write an amazing and timely novel on abuse, that made me cry and gave me hope.
So the fact that the two them teamed up in secret - true story, straight from Jason - to write this very, very important novel on race relations and what it means to be young in present-day America, is something I'm very grateful to see. I think that a lot of the teens I work with, need this book in their lives.
And I can't wait to share it with them.
About the authors:
Jason Reynolds is crazy.
After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he gets home. Jason Reynolds is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, and Boy in the Black Suit. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
Brendan Kiely received his MFA from the City College of New York. His debut novel, The Gospel of Winter, has been published in eight languages, was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015, and was a Kirkus Reviews selection for the Best of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village. Find out more at BrendanKiely.com.