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Author Zoboi, Ibi Aanu, author.

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

Publication Info. New York, NY : Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Alleman HS Stacks - ALLG-1  YA ZOB    AVAILABLE
 Bourbonnais PL YA Area - BDBB-2  TEEN ZOB    AVAILABLE
 Boylan Ctrl Catholic HS Stacks - BCCY-11  F ZOBO    AVAILABLE
 Byron CUSD 226 - Byron HS Stacks - BRLY-14  FIC ZOB    AVAILABLE
 Byron PL YA Fiction - BYLY-14  Y FIC ZOB    AVAILABLE
 Cherry Valley PLD Teen Fiction - CHVY-13  TN ZOB    AVAILABLE
 Clinton Township PL Stacks - CTPY-12  YA ZOB (2022 LINCOLN NOMINEE)    AVAILABLE
 Coal City PL YA Fiction - CCBB-2  TEEN ZOBOI    AVAILABLE
 CUSD 2 - Serena High Adult Fiction - SHBB-3  F ZOB    AVAILABLE

Edition First edition.
Description 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Summary 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.
Awards 2022 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee.
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.
Genre/Form Young adult fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Novels in verse.
Added Author Salaam, Yusef, 1974- author.
Pasha, Omar T., illustrator.
ISBN 9780062996480 (hardcover)
0062996487 (hardcover)
9780008422141 (paperback)
0008422141 (paperback)
9780062996497 (1st trade paperback)
0062996495 (1st trade paperback)

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