The 57 Bus

By: Dashka Slater

This riveting nonfiction book for teens tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

ISBN: 9780374303235

JLG Release: Feb 2018


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Discrimination, Racial slur, Graphic description of recovery from burns, Detailed description of a hate crime

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Awards & Honors

2018 Stonewall Book Award Winner
2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, Young Adult Literature
YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Selection
Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Nonfiction
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Teen Books
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Nonfiction
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2017, Top Ten
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Teen Books
The Nonfiction Detectives, Best Nonfiction Books of 2017
The Washington Post Best Books Children’s Books of 2017, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), School Library Journal*

Horn Book

It was late in the afternoon on Monday, November 4, 2013. Sasha was napping on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, when Richard, egged on by friends, set their gauzy skirt on fire. (Sasha is genderqueer and prefers the pronoun they.) Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns on their calves and thighs. The incident was captured on video It was late in the afternoon on Monday, November 4, 2013. Sasha was napping on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, when Richard, egged on by friends, set their gauzy skirt on fire. (Sasha is genderqueer and prefers the pronoun they.) Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns on their calves and thighs. The incident was captured on video cameras installed in the bus, and the next day Richard was arrested for a hate crime and processed in the justice system. From the start, the deck was stacked against Richard, an African American teenager with a criminal history, who had now committed a horrific crime that grabbed headlines, caused national outrage, and fomented local protests. Slater goes beyond the headlines to tell the very human stories behind these individuals and their families (although it’s clear she did not have as much personal access to Richard as she did to Sasha). It’s a powerful story of class and race (Sasha is white), gender and identity, justice and mercy, love and hate. Using interviews, court documents, and news accounts, Slater has crafted a compelling true-crime story with ramifications for our most vulnerable youth. jonathan hunt

Book Details

ISBN

9780374303235

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.5; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.6; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 930L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Discrimination, Racial slur, Graphic description of recovery from burns, Detailed description of a hate crime

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