Punching the air / written by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam ; illustrations by Omar T. Pasha.
by
 
Zoboi, Ibi Aanu author

Title
Punching the air / written by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam ; illustrations by Omar T. Pasha.

Personal Author
Zoboi, Ibi Aanu author

Edition
First edition.

Publication
New York, NY : Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]

Copyright

Publication Date
2020

ISBN
9780062996480
 
9780008422141

Abstract
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. 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, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. 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 starts today. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he 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.

Content Type
text
 
still image

Carrier Type
volume

Reading Level
014-018.

Added Author
Salaam, Yusef
 
Pasha, Omar T.

Genre
Young adult fiction.

Language
English

Subject
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Artists -- Juvenile fiction.
 
False imprisonment -- Juvenile fiction.
 
African American teenage boys -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Teenage artists -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Judicial error -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Male prisoners -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Justice -- Juvenile fiction.
 
Racism -- Juvenile fiction.
 
African Americans -- Fiction.
 
Teenage boys -- Fiction.
 
Artists -- Fiction.
 
Judicial error -- Fiction.
 
Male prisoners -- Fiction.
 
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Fiction.
 
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Fiction.
 
Racism -- Fiction.
 
Justice -- Fiction.
 
Young adult fiction.


LibraryCall NumberFormatItem NotesStatus
CLPL-Columbus Lowndes Public LibraryYA F ZOB 20201:BOOK-JUVYoung Adult Collection
FRL-Batesville Public LibraryY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection
FRL-Lafayette County & Oxford Public LibraryY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection
FRL-B. J. Chain (Olive Branch) Public LibraryY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection
FRL-Sardis Public LibraryY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection
FRL-M. R. Davis (Southaven) Public LibraryY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection
HCC-McLendon Library (Raymond)PZ7.1 .Z64 PUN 2020BookCirculating Collection
HCC-Vicksburg LibraryPZ7.1 .Z64 PUN 2020BookCirculating Collection
LILS-Lee County Library (Tupelo)Y ZOB 2020BookYoung Adult Collection
MMRLS-Winona-Montgomery Public LibraryF ZOBOI YBookYoung Adult Collection
MSU-Mitchell Memorial LibraryPZ7.1.Z64 PUN 2020BookYoung Adult CollectionYoung Adult Collection
OKT-Starkville Public LibraryF ZOB YBookYoung Adult Collection
TRL-Amory Municipal LibraryY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection
TRL-Bryan Public Library, West PointY ZOBBookYoung Adult Collection