Punching the AirBook - 2020
From Library Staff
This powerful novel written in verse by co-authors Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Salaam spent 6 years in jail for the wrongful conviction in the Central Park jogger case) is the story of Amal, who is put in prison for throwing a punch.
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Prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five and award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi offer a powerful YA novel in verse about a Black Muslim boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. He is a target of bias at his diverse private fine arts school where he writes poetry. An altercation in a park on the other side of the “invisible line we weren’t supposed to cross” leads to assault and battery charges which they did not commit.
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“Locking you up isn’t enough
for them They will try
to crush your spirit until
you’re nothing but—Dust.”
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