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From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. A must-read for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo.
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, because of a biased system he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated. 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
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal 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?
With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound 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.
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About Ibi Zoboi
Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her novel American Street was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Pride and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, a New York Times bestseller. She is the editor of the anthology Black Enough. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.
Other books by Ibi Zoboi
Black EnoughIbi Zoboi and Tracey Baptiste and Coe Booth and Dhonielle Clayton and Brandy Colbert and Jay Coles and Lamar Giles and Leah Henderson and Justina Ireland and Varian Johnson and Kekla Magoon and Tochi Onyebuchi and Jason Reynolds and Nic Stone and Liara Tamani and Renée Watson and Rita Williams-Garcia
Meet CuteJennifer L. Armentrout and Katie Cotugno and Jocelyn Davies and Huntley Fitzpatrick and Nina LaCour and Emery Lord and Katharine McGee and Kass Morgan and Julie Murphy and Meredith Russo and Sara Shepard and Nicola Yoon and Ibi Zoboi
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and BeyondBill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall and John Jennings and N.K. Jemisin and Victor LaValle and Junot Díaz and Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lauren Beukes and Carmen Maria Machado and Tobias Buckell and Rabih Alameddine and Nisi Shawl and S,P. Somtow and Daniel José Older and Eden Robinson and Ibi Zoboi and Sofia Samatar and Carlos Hernandez and Katherena Vermette
Dr. Yusef Salaam was just fifteen years old when his life was upended after being wrongly convicted with four other boys in the “Central Park jogger” case. In 2002, after the young men spent years of their lives behind bars, their sentences were overturned. Now known as the Exonerated Five, their story has been documented in the award-winning film The Central Park Five by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon and in Ava DuVernay’s highly acclaimed series When They See Us. Yusef is now a poet, activist, and inspirational speaker. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama, among other honors. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Sanovia, and their children. You can find him online at www.yusefspeaks.com.
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