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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives (Paperback)Dashka Slater (author)
Winner of the Stonewall Young Adult Literature Award
One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both their lives forever.
Two teenagers growing up in Oakland, California. One, Sasha, was born male but identifies as agender, wears skirts and attends a private school. The other, Richard, is an African American from a poor part of Oakland who attends a rough public school.
They have no reason to meet, except for eight minutes every day, they catch the same bus home. And one day, messing about, Richard spies Sasha napping. He flicks the flame of his lighter to Sasha's skirt, and Sasha wakes up in a ball of flame.
What happens next, as the victim, the perpetrator and the community struggle to come to terms with their sadness and shock, is a story of recovery, reconciliation, forgiveness and, above all, hope. It's about the power of being true to yourself, bravery and the good and bad in all of us.
And, remarkably, it's all true.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 283 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
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I requested this book from Wren and Rook publishers so that I can read it in exchange for an honest review. At the time I didn’t realise that it was a true story and was quite surprised to find out it was.
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“A compelling, important and thought-provoking book.”
Richard and Sasha don't know each other. The only contact they have is a few minutes each day on the 57 bus. They are not even aware of the others existence. Until the day Richard sets fire to Sasha's skirt.... More
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