Punching the Air - Ibi Zoboi | Yusef Salaam - Thorndike - 978-1432884727
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Punching the Air

  • Ibi Zoboi
  • Yusef Salaam
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432884727
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884727
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 494 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2020

About

Overview

A New York Times Bestselling Author
A National Book Award Finalist Author

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. 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?

Award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a 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.

Age Range: 14 and up | Grade Level: 9 and up | Lexile Measure: NA

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“This book will be Walter Dean Myers’s Monster for a new generation of teens. An important, powerful, and beautiful novel that should be an essential purchase for any library that serves teens.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“Prescient and sobering, Zoboi’s book is a vital story for young readers in a tumultuous time.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Zoboi and Salaam together craft a powerful indictment of institutional racism and mass incarceration through the imagined experience of Amal, a Black, Muslim 16-year-old facing imprisonment.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Awardworthy. Soul-stirring. A must-read.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)