Thorndike Press

American Street

  • Ibi Zoboi
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432879111
  • ISBN-13: 9781432879112
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 lbs ( .52 kgs)
  • 440 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



A New York Times Notable Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book
An ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book
A Kirkus Best Book
A BookPage Best YA Book

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie — a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Age Range: 14 and up | Grade Level: 9 and up | Lexile Measure: HL690L


Customer Reviews

“Mixing gritty street life with the tenderness of first love, Haitian Vodou, and family bonds, the book is at once chilling, evocative, and reaffirming.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Zoboi’s stunning debut intertwines mysticism and love with grit and violence . . . Fierce and beautiful.”

— Booklist (starred)

“A breathtaking story about contemporary America that will serve as a mirror to some and a window for others, and it will stay with anyone who reads it.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“Filling her pages with magic, humanity, tragedy, and hope, Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story. This book will take root in readers’ hearts.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)