All American Boys

25657130Bibliographic Information

Reynolds, Jason,

All American boys / Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely. – First edition. – 316 pages ; 22 cm

“A Caitlyn Dlouhy book.”

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

ISBN:9781481463331 (hardback)

LCCN:2015026780

Subjects–Topical Terms:
Race relations–Fiction.
Racism–Fiction.
Racial profiling in law enforcement–Fiction.
Police brutality–Fiction.
African Americans–Fiction.

LC Class. No.:PZ7.R33593 / Al 2015

Dewey Class. No.:[Fic] (Roseville Public Library, 2017)

Plot Summary

Rashad, a sixteen-year-old African-American boy, is brutally beaten by a police officer while he is in a convenience store, buying snacks. Quinn, his White classmate, witnesses the beating when Rashad is drug out of the store. Recognizing the police officer as the older brother of his best friend, Quinn flees and resolves not to say or do anything. As Rashad recovers both mentally and physically in the hospital, a whole protest movement grows around his plight. As the movement grows, Quinn must decide what is right – does he stay quite and support the police officer who has been a surrogate father to him, or does he report what he saw and march with the protestors? Can Rashad convince his father, a former police officer, that he is innocent, and does not deserve the pain and suffering he has been delt? Can he handle being the Face of the Movement?

Critical Evaluation

Rashad, an African-American boy is a good student and citizen, he is brutally beaten at a convenience store for the crime of being black in the wrong place at the wrong time. Quinn, a white classmate of Rashad’s, and not quite such an upstanding citizen, witnesses the beating and must make a critical choice and decide what is right – protective silence, or to speak the truth. Told through alternating view points, this book highlights the differences in the experiences of teenagers of different races in America today.

Reader’s Annotation

Rashad, a sixteen-year-old African-American boy, is brutally beaten by a police officer while he is in a convenience store, buying snacks. Quinn, his White classmate, witnesses the beating when Rashad is drug out of the store. What will Quinn choose – to back his surrogate father, the police officer who beat Rashad, or stand against him and join the Movement? Will Rashad be able to convince his father, a former police officer, that he is innocent, as well as be able to handle being the Face of the Movement? Told in alternating view points.

Author Information

Jason Reynolds

“Well, if you’ve made it here, that means you’ve survived the huge picture of my face! Congrats! And to reward you, I’m going to tell you all about…me. Sorry. No cake. No confetti. No money falling from the ceiling…this time.

So, I’m a writer. And when I say I’m a writer, I mean it in the same way a professional ball player calls himself an athlete. I practice everyday and do the best I can to be better at this writing thing, while hopefully bringing some cool stories to the world. The stories are kinda like my slam dunks. Except, I’m dunking words. In your FACE! Ha!

I graduated from the University of Maryland (where I spent about 65% of my time writing and reciting poetry all over campus…yeah, that was me) with a B.A. in English, then packed my bags and moved to Brooklyn because somebody told me they were giving away dream-come-true vouchers. And if I ever find the person who told me that… let’s just say, no one was giving away anything. ANYTHING. Lucky for me I had all these crazy stories to keep me going. Ten years later, here I am, doing my best to string together an “ABOUT” section on my own website about my own books. Crazy.

Here’s what I know: I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don’t actually hate books, they hate boredom. If you are reading this, and you happen to be one of these boys, first of all, you’re reading this so my master plan is already working (muahahahahahaha) and second of all, know that I feel you. I REALLY do. Because even though I’m a writer, I hate reading boring books too.

Here’s what I plan to do: NOT WRITE BORING BOOKS.

That’s it, and that’s all.” (Reynolds, 2017)

Brendan Kiely

“Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.” (Ryan Palm Graphic Design, 2017)

Genre

Young Adult Fiction

Curriculum Ties

Political Science/Civics

Diversity of Cultures

Booktalking Ideas

How do the experiences of Rashad and Quinn differ in regards to authority figures, both inside and outside school?

Why do you think the police officer beats Rashad? Do you believe there was anything he could have done differently to avoid the situation?

Reading Level/Interest Age

School Library Journal – Grade 8 and up

Booklist – Grades 9 – 12

Challenge Issues

  • Racism
  • Racial profiling
  • Violence
  • Police brutality
  • Social injustice

Challenge Issue Resources (for usage in a challenge situation):

Why did you pick this for your collection?

This book is extremely relevant to what is going on in today’s society. It handles the issues in a way that teenagers can understand and relate to. The book is designed to spark a dialogue that is very necessary. It is also well-written and a compelling read.

References

Cart, M. (2015). Booklist review: All american boys. Booklist. Retrieved from https://www.booklistonline.com/All-American-Boys-Jason-Reynolds/pid=7693936

Piedmont, J. (2015). All american boys. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://blogs.slj.com/printzblog/2015/11/18/all-american-boys/

Reynolds, J. (2017). About. Retrieved from http://www.jasonwritesbooks.com/bio/

Roseville Public Library. (2017). All american boys. Retrieved from https://library.roseville.ca.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-ISBDdetail.pl?biblionumber=165176

Ryan Palm Graphic Design (2017). Brendan kiely: about. Retrieved from http://www.brendankiely.com/about-2/

Williams, A. (2015). All american boys. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2015/09/reviews/books/all-american-boys-by-jason-reynolds-brendan-kiely-slj-review/

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