All American Boys - Jason Reynolds | Brendan Kiely - Thorndike - 978-1432878603
Thorndike Press

All American Boys

  • Jason Reynolds
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432878603
  • ISBN-13: 9781432878603
  • Shipping Weight: 1.12 lbs ( .51 kgs)
  • Paperback
  • Published/Released August 2021
  • Bestsellers



A New York Times Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Award Winner

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement? But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins and a video camera. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

Age Range: 12-17 | Grade Level: 7-9 | Lexile Measure: HL770L


Customer Reviews

“Diverse perspectives are presented in a manner that feels organic to thenarrative, further emphasizing the tension created when privilege and racismcannot be ignored. Timely and powerful, this novel promises to have an impactlong after the pages stop turning.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which his superb book powerfully enables.”

— Booklist (starred)

“The scenario that Reynolds and Kiely depict has become a recurrent feature of news reports, and a book that lets readers think it through outside of the roiling emotions of a real-life event is both welcome and necessary.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“. . . a deeply moving experience.”

— Kirkus Reviews