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The 57 Bus : A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
by Dashka Slater


Overview - This riveting book about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.   Read more...

 
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More About The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
 
 
 
Overview
This riveting book about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780374303235
  • ISBN-10: 0374303231
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: October 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Young Adult Nonfiction > LGBT
Books > Young Adult Nonfiction > Law & Crime
Books > Young Adult Nonfiction > Social Topics - Class Differences

 
BookPage Reviews

American crime story

In this true story of two teenagers from different sides of Oakland, California, and the bus ride that leaves one of them severely burned and the other facing criminal charges, award-winning journalist and author Dashka Slater chips away at the binaries that frame our understanding of the world. Sasha, a white genderqueer high school student, was wearing a skirt on the bus when Richard, a black student from a struggling neighborhood, set Sasha’s skirt on fire. The genre-bending story that follows is no simple morality tale, as it reveals the tangled complexities of gender, race, crime, justice and hope in America. Bird’s-eye views of Oakland and official statistics are spliced together with instant messages, social media posts and other primary sources. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of humanity, Slater reveals her characters and their web of relationships with deftness and fluidity.

The 57 Bus does what all great books do—reveals our world to us anew.

 

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