A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Jason REYNOLDS
Year Reviewed:: 2016
Review: Present-day racial tensions radiate from the pages of this novel as Quinn, who is white, witnesses the brutal beating of black teammate Rashad by a white cop. Quinn's shock registers on many levels since Paul, the white cop, has been like an older brother to Quinn, and this behavior seems totally inconsistent with the mentor he knows. Several main characters are on the basketball team also, some taking up Rashad's offense and some siding with the cop; and the polarization and anger play out on the court. Reactions spread through the school and spill into a protest march down to the police station.