Selling Points: race, racism, discrimination, skin color, friendship, prejudice, skateboarding, police
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/25/2016
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
Fiction Ages 12+
Riley and Dashawn have been friends since they were three. They got into skateboarding together and have advanced to the point where it's time to create a Sponsor Me tape. They bring a third skater along, Natasha, and try to get some good clips around a new office development. Then the police storm into the lot. The three skaters quickly scatter, trying their best not to get busted. Riley and Natasha arrive at the meet-up spot. They wait and wait, but Dashawn never shows.
The next day Riley visits Dashawn, only to discover that the police have given him a “beat-down.” Nothing like this has ever happened before, and for Riley it is a wake-up call that whether they know it or not, not everyone lives in the same world he does.
CM Magazine - March 10, 2017
"A good read...Highly recommended."
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