Dear Martin by Nic Stone

After being falsely arrested while trying to help his drunk girlfriend, high school senior Justyce starts and experiment; he’s going to try to live as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived, tackling all the wrongs and injustices he faces with non-violence. After his run in with the white police officer who falsely arrested him, Justyce who’s 1 of 4 black students at his elite private school seems to be hyper aware that the many people he encounters day to day, see the color of his skin and judge him, nevermind that he’s an A student headed for Yale. When Justyce is shot by an off duty police officer while driving with his best friend, the anger and confusion Justyce feels has him wondering if his experiment to do as Martin would do is a complete failure, especially when Justyce goes to visit a local gang leader to see if he holds the answers to his questions. 

This fast read feels like it’s ripped straight from the headlines of today’s news. Find out if Justyce gets the answers he needs in Dear Martin

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Rule #1: No Crying

Rule #2: No Snitching

Rule #3: Get Revenge

These are the three rules taught to Will by his brother, who learned it from their father, who learned it from his brother, who learned it from their father. Will’s brother has been killed, shot dead, and Will is sure he knows who did it. But Rule # 2 and 3; no snitching and get revenge. The day after his brother is shot dead, Will gets into his buildings elevator, heading down to find the guy who killed his brother and get revenge. On the elevator ride down, ghosts from his past try and talk some sense into Will and he begins to question himself. Is he cut out for revenge and is he sure it was Riggs, his brother’s former friend, who killed him? Click here to reserve your copy of Long Way Down.