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Dear Martin

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Dion Graham

4 Hours 33 Minutes

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October 2017

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'Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

'Raw and gripping.' –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys

'A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning #1 New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

'Vivid and powerful.' -Booklist, Starred Review
 
'A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice.' -Publishers Weekly

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  • Retha k

    Excellent for classroom book clubs. Relevant topics. Good ending.

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  • Mignon W.

    Definitely a good book and the breakdown was spot on regarding black people daily struggle. Loving while black and how it is fitting in this world.

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  • KT

    Nic Stone has gained a fan. This was a change of pace for me, as I don’t usually read YA, but I really enjoyed this book! Dear Martin explores the events that lead up to the devastating loss of Justyce’s high school best friend. Along the way, Justyce wrestles with how to deal with life's challenges the way that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have, while also attempting to navigate his complicated love life (this subplot admittedly gave me the warm fuzzies). I know there are still many people who don't "agree" with the content of this book and think it's based on fallacies and exaggerations. First-hand experiences told by people like me still do not help these individuals see that we're not exaggerating; racial profiling is unfortunately a real thing and it needs to be addressed. Dion Graham did a great job narrating as usual. He really helped me get invested in the characters!

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  • Meka M

    Excellent storyline! Stone really captured the struggle so many of our young black men deal with daily.

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