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Date:
October 16, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location:
Community Room
Needham Free Public Library
Address:
1139 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
Contact:
(781) 455-7559
ADA:
Yes
The 57 Bus
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Diversity and Discussion Book Club - 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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.
This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California. One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. ...