The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

Book - 2017
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A nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment that tells the true story of a teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374303235
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fifty-seven bus


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If Sasha and Richard hadn't taken the same bus home, they probably never would have met. But after Richard set Sasha’s skirt on fire, he was charged with two hate crimes, and the subsequent court case prompted questions about gender identity, race and class.

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DMYA Dec 08, 2017

This painful and powerful true story looks at the lives of two teens, who both struggle in different ways after a violent incident on a city bus. The opposing narratives about what happened that day and the impact it had on both their lives makes for an interesting way to tell this story. The book is thought provoking and forces the reader to look at both personal and social beliefs about gender identity, the criminal justice system and racism. This would be a great read in a high school classroom to promote discussion about these heavy and important topics.


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