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Punching the Air

By: Ibi Zoboi

Yusef Salaam

The story that I thought
was my life
didn’t start on the day
I was born

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. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

The story that I think
will be my life
starts today

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?

Authors’ note.

ISBN: 9780062996480

JLG Release: Jan 2021


Sensitive Areas: Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Strong Language , Violence: General
Topics: Prisons , Juvenile incarceration , Wrongful convictions , Justice system , African Americans , Racism , Injustice , Artists  

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Book Details

ISBN

9780062996480

First Release

January 2021

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Strong Language , Violence: General

Topics

Prisons, Juvenile incarceration, Wrongful convictions, Justice system, African Americans, Racism, Injustice, Artists, 

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