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Punching the Air (Hardback)

By Salaam, Yusef
By Zoboi, Ibi

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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. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo. The story t...hat 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.
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ISBN 9780062996480
Released NZ 7 Oct 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780062996480
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Released 7 Oct 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 4 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Salaam, Yusef
By Zoboi, Ibi
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code FIC
Weight 646g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress African Americans, Novels in verse, Judicial error, Racism, Artists
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile

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