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The 57 Bus

Written by Dashka Slater

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The 57 Bus Review

Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults People / Places Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics True Stories

A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Winner of the Stonewall Young Adult Literature Award

A book that touches on many topics of interest today - and how one moment's action can result in a society struggling to deal with the aftermath - a gripping read.


The 57 Bus Synopsis

One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter.

One moment that changes both their lives forever. T

wo teenagers growing up in Oakland, California. One, Sasha, was born male but identifies as agender, wears skirts and attends a private school. The other, Richard, is an African American from a poor part of Oakland who attends a rough public school. They have no reason to meet, except for eight minutes every day, they catch the same bus home.

And one day, messing about, Richard spies Sasha napping. He flicks the flame of his lighter to Sasha's skirt, and Sasha wakes up in a ball of flame. What happens next, as the victim, the perpetrator and the community struggle to come to terms with their sadness and shock, is a story of recovery, reconciliation, forgiveness and, above all, hope. It's about the power of being true to yourself, bravery and the good and bad in all of us. And, remarkably, it's all true.

The 57 Bus Press Reviews

A sensitive study of an incident wrapped up in so many modern conundrums -- Suzi Feay - The Financial Times

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ISBN: 9781526361233
Publication date: 28/05/2018
Publisher: Wren & Rook an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526361233
Publication date: 28th May 2018
Author: Dashka Slater
Publisher: Wren & Rook an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: People / Places, Politics & Law, True Stories

About Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Newsweek and The New York Times, among other publications. This is her first YA non-fiction book, but she also writes fiction for adults and picture books for younger children.

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