This Is My America
The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?
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JLG Release: Dec 2020
8 3/5" x 5 4/5"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Library edition with trade jacket added
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Crime: Hate Crimes Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion Language: Strong Language Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes Violence: General
Racism, Judicial error, African Americans, Black people, Race relations, Death row prisoners, Murder, Family problems, Texas, Small towns, Mystery and detective stories,