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  • ISBN: 9781534462724
  • ISBN: 1534462724
  • Physical Description: 362 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
With the Rodney King riots closing in on high school senior Ashley and her family, the privileged bubble she has enjoyed, protecting her from the difficult realities most black people face, begins to crumble.
Los Angeles, 1992. It's the end of senior year and Ashley Bennett and her friends are spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. When four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death, violent protests engulf LA and the city burns. Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal; her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. The model black family fa├žade her wealthy and prominent parents built starts to crumble. Her friends are spreading a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson. Ashley is left to question who is the us? And who is the them? -- adapted from jacket
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14 up. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Grades 10-12. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    *Starred Review* Reed's probing debut novel explores how wealth, race, class, and privilege intersect against the tumultuous backdrop of the Rodney King Riots. Ashley Bennett is a Black teen from an affluent family living in Los Angeles in 1992. As such, her only concern is having a perfect beachy summer until the Rodney King beating, protests, and riots thrust her life and friendships into turmoil. As the world around her splinters, Ashley must figure out whom she truly is, whom her real friends are, and how to stand proud as a Black girl in America. In Ashley, Reed gives readers an authentic, flawed, and confused character who undergoes considerable personal growth as she comes to important realizations about her identity, her aspirations, and, notably the person she is not. Brilliantly woven into this deeply personal narrative arc are explorations of police brutality, racial inequality, and upheavals within the Black community as a whole. Intra-family struggles and relationships are also a central theme of the book, and it doesn't shy away from discussions of colorism and generational trauma. This story may be a work of historical fiction, but its relevance to today's social and political events adds to its eye-opening power, making it a novel that demands to be read. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Christina Hammonds Reed holds an MFA from the University of Southern California&;s School of Cinematic Arts. A native of the Los Angeles area, her work has previously appeared in the Santa Monica Review and One Teen Story. The Black Kids is her first novel.

Subject: High school students > Juvenile fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Race relations > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Rodney King Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992 > Juvenile fiction.
Families > California > Los Angeles > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > History > 20th century > Juvenile fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Rodney King Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992 > Fiction.
Family life > California > Los Angeles > Fiction.
High schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
African Americans.
High schools.
Race relations.
California > Los Angeles.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Juvenile works.
Young adult works.
Historical fiction.

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