The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

Book - 2017
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780374303235
Call Number: TEEN 364.1555 SLAT
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fifty-seven bus

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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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DMYA Dec 08, 2017

This painful and powerful true story looks at the lives of two teens, who both struggle in different ways after a violent incident on a city bus. The opposing narratives about what happened that day and the impact it had on both their lives makes for an interesting way to tell this story. The book is thought provoking and forces the reader to look at both personal and social beliefs about gender identity, the criminal justice system and racism. This would be a great read in a high school classroom to promote discussion about these heavy and important topics.

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