The 57 BusBook - 2017
One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award--Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
TEEN 364.1555 SLAT
From Library Staff
Based on a real and tragic event in Oakland, two teens from different worlds who would have never met, have a life-changing encounter on the 57 bus.
SFPL_Family May 15, 2018
An unfortunate violent act leaves one teen seriously injured and two Bay Area families trying to heal and move forward with dignity. Sasha’s and Richard’s stories give depth and understanding to gender and neuro differences, and to communities where violence is far too prevalent. These are the hu... Read More »
Dashka Slater’s new book takes us on an exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime and penal racism. Sasha, a white Oakland teen with Asperger’s Syndrome, enjoyed a tight circle of friends. SFPL's May - June 2018 On The Same Page selection.
In Oakland 2013, a teen sets an agender teen's skirt on fire. A journalist looks at both sides of the story.
What led up to an African American teen setting fire to the skirt of an agender teen on an Oakland bus, and the aftermath for both teens and their families. Slater highlights many of our society's current struggles around mental health, race, class, and gender identities. This book comes highly... Read More »
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