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All American Boys

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2015

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Introduction

All American Boys

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult realistic
  • Originally Published: 2015
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 770L; grades 8-12
  • Structure/Length: 17 chapters; approximately 336 pages; approximately 6 hours, 35 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Rashad, a Black teenager who is brutally beaten by a white police officer, and Quinn, a white teenager who witnesses the incident. The central conflict explores their struggle with racial tension, police brutality, and their place in the larger societal conversation about race.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Police violence; systemic racism; protest; emotional trauma; profanity and vulgar language

Jason Reynolds, Author

  • Bio: Born 1983; American author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences; known for his realistic depictions of urban life and his commitment to creating diverse literature; former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
  • Other Works: When I Was the Greatest (2014); Ghost (2016); Long Way Down (2017)

Brendan Kiely, Author

  • Bio: Born 1977; American author of young adult novels; has an MFA from the City College of New York; work often addresses social and human rights issues
  • Other Works: The Gospel of Winter (2014); The Last True Love Story (2016); Tradition (2018)
  • Awards: Coretta Scott King Author Honor (2016); Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature (2016); Amelia Walden Award (2016)

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