The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

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Hachette Children's Group, May 31, 2018 - Asexual people - 320 pages
Two 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.

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User Review  - Sarah220 - LibraryThing

The true story of a black teenager who set a non-binary person's skirt on fire. The author is a journalist and there is definitely a news story feel to it. What I thought was fantastic though was how ... Read full review

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User Review  - Darcia - LibraryThing

I vaguely remember when this case was in the news. The media labeled it a hate crime committed by a homophobic black teen on a gay white teen. The truth is something else entirely, and Dashka Slater ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

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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