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Punching the Air
by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

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    List Price: $19.99
    Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Young Adult
    ISBN13: 9780062996480
    Imprint: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Parent Company: News Corporation
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    Book Description:

    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. Perfect 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, 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.



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