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Punching the Air

by Yusef Salaam (author) and Ibi Zoboi (author)

Suitable for 12+ years

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Product description

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 the Noughts & Crosses series and The Hate U Give.

One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. ‘Boys just being boys’ turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal Shahid’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.

Product Details

Catalogue number

217 in ROW Teen September 2021 and 8078 in Books and Resources for Secondary Schools 2021

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780008422141

Publisher

HarperCollins

Date published

August 6th, 2020

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.7; Upper years; 5.0 points

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  • 400 pages

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