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The 57 Bus
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives | Dashka Slater
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One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The 57 Bus is Dashka Slater's true account of the case that garnered international attention and thrust both teenagers into the spotlight.
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ErinC
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I‘ve been reading a lot on our justice system and this book really takes a deep dive into the story of one juvenile who committed an atrocious act, and how the system treated him. The story of Sasha, a genderqueer young adult with Asperger‘s was also enlightening. I liked how the book showed both sides of the story but didn‘t end with any big conclusions. The agenda was there, but the author left it open for the reader.

TrishB Enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 6d
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elyseh
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I think this was an important read and really eye opening. Maybe because I listened to the audiobook instead of read it. The narrator was ver blah about the whole thing. It really took away from the importance of the events.

gibblr I felt much the same and I read the print version. I agree it was an important read, but I think it needed something more. I especially didn‘t think it would appeal to YA readers. 1mo
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riversong153
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Friends, I started this book this morning and didn‘t want to put it down. I just finished and I think everyone should read this book. I was not familiar with the crime that was committed against the teen in this book. The book does a great job of explaining terms on the gender spectrum. It also takes a balanced look at the two teens who had their lived changed by one seriously bad decision.

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riversong153
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Friends, I started this book this morning and didn‘t want to put it down. I just finished and I think everyone should read this book. I was not familiar with the crime that was committed against the teen in this book. The book does a great job of explaining terms on the gender spectrum. It also takes a balanced look at the two teens who had their lived changed by one seriously bad decision.

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riversong153
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Day 6 and 7
#grateful21 catching up
1. I got compliments for emcee‘ing an event yesterday.
2. I played pool for the first time in years and lost every game (graciously 🙃)
3. Started this book today and I recommend it even though I‘m only a quarter of the way into it.

Eggs 💗🤗🌺💕 2mo
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Never let your obstacles become more important than your goal. ❤️

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hmayrose
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Excellent book. Loved the journalistic writing and the equal coverage of both teenagers' stories.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Eating my feelings cause this book is brutal.

#BookAndLunch

Kalalalatja That slice 😋 and the book sounds tough! I hadn‘t heard about this case, but now I need to google! 4mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m sorry, that made me laugh! That pizza looks awesome and I have this book on my shelf too. Hope the food helps 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja I don‘t recall having heard about this case either but it is absolutely HORRENDOUS. 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Weaponxgirl I think I‘m going to have to break this book up with something else. I‘ve been on the verge of tears for an hour. 😢 4mo
Weaponxgirl @MicheleinPhilly I‘m sorry, it was your wording and the fact I‘ve done the same thing before *hugs* go for something u find soothing 4mo
saresmoore Ugh. That pizza looks flipping fantastic, though. 4mo
Kalalalatja I just read a long NY times article by the author, and it sounds like a case with so many layers! 4mo
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Stacypatrice
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My aunt recommended this in May... looking forward to starting it 🚌

#nonfiction #readtolive #booklover

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js0315
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CoffeeNBooks So intense and sad, but a great book. 6mo
js0315 Yes definitely. 6mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#Recommendsday

Such a powerful book. Emphasizes the importance of objective journalism and compassion in our bifurcated society.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/the-57-bus-dashka-slater/

Maria514626 Love your blog! Thanks for all the recommendations for my teetering TBR. 😡😄 ❤️ 6mo
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shmreads
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So at page 111 now and the book is finally beginning to make some sense. It's a hate crime, but it's too early to tell, perhaps. Pranking someone because you thought it was funny is one thing, but if you see a "dude in a skirt" and decide to go for it, that's something else. This is a biased post, afterall, I'm barely 34% through but page 111 is where it all "begins".

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BridgetteM
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Congratulations @amb on your milestone and thanks for the giveaway! I had never heard of The 57 Bus before Litsy. Although I haven‘t read it yet, I bought it a few weeks ago and I can‘t wait to read it! #LitsyMadeMe5k

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FeastOfFiction
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Not sure how I feel about this one yet.

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WanderingBookaneer
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder Ooo! Thanks for the info! I just stacked this recently! 6mo
Amor4Libros Thanks for the heads-up!! 6mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 6mo
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sailu112
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57 bus is such an intense book with less than 300 pages to read. Generally most books write about how an incident happened but not about the aftermath of an incident. This is a book filled with compassion, hurt and also opens up so much about all the problems teenagers go through.

CoffeeNBooks This was such a sad and intense story, but a good book! 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Every Monday, I read the first few pages of a book to my students at the beginning of class. This was today's book. I read this a few months ago, and it is an intense, sad, poignant, emotional, and moving book. I'm so glad to have a copy of it in my classroom library now! Thanks @Lovesbooks87! #ya #booklove #librarylove #englishteacher #teachersoflitsy

Lovesbooks87 💜💜💜 7mo
TrishB A good read 👍🏻 7mo
Butterfinger My book club had the most fantastic discussion on this book. It will remain one of my favorites because we love each other so much even if we had differing opinions. 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @Butterfinger That sounds like an awesome book club! 7mo
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Quippe
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Dashka Slater‘s non-fiction YA is an astounding piece of writing that displays great empathy to both Sasha and Richard and their families without flinching from the seriousness of what happens and giving context to their lives up to and after the attack while explaining concepts of sexuality and gender in a helpful and easy to understand way. This is one of my favourite books of 2017 and I will definitely check out Slater‘s other work.

CoffeeNBooks This is such a great book! Sad, but powerful. 7mo
Quippe Definitely. I found it very moving and ended up hoping for good futures for both of them. I also learned a lot about gender and sexual identification so it‘s strong on that front too. 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I want to read these two #YAbooks which have been mentioned favourably here on Litsy. #blameitonLitsy
#readingresolutions

Lovesbooks87 I just finished reading The 57 Bus and it was such an eye opening and powerful read! 8mo
TrishB Yeah, I liked the 57 bus, lot of food for thought! 8mo
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Lovesbooks87
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This YA Non-Fiction book is about how one decision can change so many lives was absolutely heartbreaking. I also learned so much gender identity that I didn't know before I read this book. I believe this book was eye opening in so many different ways.

CoffeeNBooks I read this a few montha ago- such a powerful book! 8mo
EmilyM Excellent book. 8mo
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kaitiebug
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I am so excited for these 😍😍

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BookArt
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This was a super quick read but I really enjoyed it a lot. I think the author does a really good job representing both sides of this tragic story and you really feel for everyone involved. I also learned a lot about genders that I was just unaware of. #recommend

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staci.reads
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This nonfiction book is a powerful look at the effects of refusing to see people as people and instead writing them off as a type or "other." An impulsive, horrific act changes the lives of two teenagers, but this author explores what happens when we look deeper, beyond the headlines and assumptions. This is an important exploration of gender, poverty, race, and systems that set our kids up to struggle. #YAL

LiteraryinLititz Really good review. I also found this a really powerful book. 10mo
overtheedge On my TBR list. 10mo
staci.reads @LiteraryinLititz Thank you 😊 10mo
staci.reads @overtheedge Hope you find it as worthwhile as I did! 10mo
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MCB51
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I really enjoyed this book. We‘re going to use it this coming school year in sophomore ELA. I think it‘s ripe for discussion with a research component. It was insightful and objective.

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TrishB
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Finished this on plane back, didn‘t get a minute to read whilst there.
There are many layers to this story, it‘s non judgemental, makes you think a lot and is very informative.

Velvetfur Where have you been? 😊 11mo
TrishB @Velvetfur short work trip to Amsterdam 😁 11mo
Velvetfur @TrishB Cool! I need to come and work in your place 😀 (I've probably said that before) 11mo
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TrishB Lol 😆 Just been told going to the Cayman Islands next year !!! How bonkers is that!!! @Velvetfur 11mo
Velvetfur @TrishB Wow, that's fab! Lucky you! 😀 11mo
Velvetfur @TrishB Wow, that's fab! Lucky you! 😀 11mo
Cathythoughts Cayman Islands ! Wow 😮 so exciting! How lucky are you 11mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts 👍🏻 I‘ve never travelled further west than Dublin - it will be different being behind home in time zones!! Looks likely to be next April. 11mo
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TrishB
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Today‘s airport/flight read. Short overnight work thing to Amsterdam. No reading tonight as we are being taken out for dinner!!
My team know me so well though as everyone I‘m travelling with is seated across the same row and I‘m on the row behind 😁

Cinfhen Have fun!!! Book looks good👍🏻 11mo
Prairiegirl_reading That book is so interesting. Have a great trip! 11mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 11mo
Caroline2 Have fun and that book sounds fun too! 👍🏻 11mo
readordierachel Have a good trip! 11mo
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Peddler410
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Heart wrenching but with hope. The true account of two teens in Oakland, CA — Sasha and Robert — who share a bus ride home.

Well written for teens. An important book.

#yalgbtq2018 #lgbtq

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KerryLibME
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“Never let your obstacles become more important than your goal.”

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Mem_ugh
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#YAWednesday #YANonfiction @TheFunkyBookworm

The 57 Bus is the heartbreaking story of two teenagers, both from Oakland, who‘s paths would probably never cross if not for a shared bus journey.

hermyknee I posted about this one, too! 11mo
Mem_ugh @hermyknee you did! It‘s such a great one! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm Haha you stole mine!!! I have this one sitting on my coffee table! 😂 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks This is such a great book! I just read it recently, and I'm going to buy it for my classroom library. 11mo
Mem_ugh @TheFunkyBookworm lol lol lol!! It‘s excellent! 11mo
Mem_ugh @CoffeeNBooks it really is! I remember hearing about it when it happened but didn‘t really follow the story. When I saw that there was a book though I knew I needed to read it 11mo
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hermyknee
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#YAWednesday #Nonfiction @TheFunkyBookworm

In The 57 Bus, journalist Dashka Slater reveals the story of an incident that occurred on an Oak Cliff bus in 2013: “Dashka Slater shows that what might at first seem like a simple matter of right and wrong, justice and injustice, victim and criminal is something more complicated - and far more heartbreaking.”

Honor Girl is a graphic memoir of a young girl falling in love for the first time.

CoffeeNBooks I just read The 57 Bus recently! I'm definitely going to buy it for my classroom library! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm 57 Bus is waiting to be read on my coffee table- gotta check out the other one.. my kids love graphic novels! 11mo
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MelissaSue81
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Not a bad book. I have a little bit of mixed feelings about the author‘s attitude toward Richard. And Sasha and their family was way more forgiving than I could ever dream of being. But I feel that this book opened my eyes to a lot of views and attitudes that I don‘t spend a lot of time thinking about.
1.5 hours down for #8inTwo

Overcaffinatedbookworm1 This book tackles a lot different topical issues at one time which can be a little overwhelming had the author picked one or two issues to key in on it would have been better (edited) 11mo
MelissaSue81 @Nerdybabe6161 - yes, I agree. It was tough for me to reconcile, which I guess is the point. Things are not black and white, but it‘s hard for me to look at someone who literally set someone‘s clothes on fire and be like “yeah but he isn‘t a bad kid.” It wasn‘t an accident 11mo
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MelissaSue81
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First book for my #8inTwo attempt. Started this last night. Really good, but really heavy.

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hermyknee
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1. I‘ve only just started it, but I think The 57 Bus is going to be one of those books.
2. Honestly, I‘ve always wanted to go to City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, but I‘ve never had the chance to visit the city!
3. Thank you so much for this opportunity, @kellyann28 ♥️

kellyann28 Thank you for entering! ❤ 11mo
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hermyknee
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“But none of that has happened yet. For now, both teenagers are just taking the bus home from school.

Surely it‘s not too late to stop things from going wrong. There must be some way to wake Sasha. Divert Richard. Get the driver to stop the bus.

There must be something you can do.”

😱

This is a nonfiction account of true events written for young adults. I‘m hooked.

MelissaSue81 I have this on hold at the library. I am really interested, and a little scared, to read thjs 11mo
hermyknee @MelissaSue81 that‘s exactly how I feel. 11mo
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Booksnob
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Best end of the gift from a student. Love it and can‘t wait to read it!

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Twinb99
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I recently decided to start reading more non-fiction books. The only one Ive read so far is 'The 57 Bus' (which was AMAZING by the way). The plan is work my way through these books before summer ends. So far so great😁

DebinHawaii There are so many great non-fiction books out there to enjoy. Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 11mo
Chelleo Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips by @RaimeyGallant and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 11mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 11mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 11mo
Mem_ugh Welcome to Litsy!! 👋🏼 The 57 Bus is amazing! 11mo
Nerdgirl_Ms_Sorrells welcome👋🏻👋🏻 11mo
TK-421 Welcome to Litsy! 11mo
Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉🎉🎉 11mo
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 11mo
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SkeletonKey
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Phew, I finished this book in two days. Partly for my love of Sasha and partly because of how well the story was told. I‘m one of those people who hates mass incarceration and the monetizing of prisons but also believes there need to be special protections for those discriminated against so this book hit all my buttons and challenged me. Ouch.

#truecrime #lgbtq #racism

Pogue It was a good book, and very informative. 12mo
SkeletonKey @Pogue - Agreed! 12mo
Lindy Everyone in my YA book club praised this one (and it‘s rare that we all agree). 12mo
SkeletonKey @Lindy - It was definitely worth the time for me. 12mo
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SkeletonKey
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Because my last audiobook was not enough of a tear-jerker.

Here we go.

#nonfiction #truecrime #discrimination

CoffeeNBooks I just started this book the other day! 12mo
SkeletonKey @CoffeeNBooks - Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 12mo
Slajaunie That is a heavy read. I need light and fun during summer break. I can‘t wait to see what you think though. 12mo
SkeletonKey @Slajaunie - I‘m glued to it so far. Ouch though. 12mo
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crazyspine
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I have to admit that if this book wasn't recommended to me, I'm not sure I would have picked it up. I'm so glad I did. The 57 Bus manages to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking which makes sense since one of the central topics is exploring our societies binary system. Does one have to be solely evil? Slater does an excellent job at humanizing Richard, the 16 year old who set fire to a "boy wearing a skirt." She presents both sides without bias.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. 12mo
overtheedge Added! 12mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I started reading this during lunch today, and the first chapter had me completely drawn into the story! I hope the rest follows suit. I can't wait to see where this book goes! #librarylove #ya #teachersoflitsy #englishteacher

Crobbin I really liked how this story was told, both sides. It is sad, enlightening, and powerful. 12mo
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lauralovesbooks1
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Sasha is an agender teen on their normal bus ride home, catching a cat nap. Richard is a 16 year old African-American teen who , in a moment of stupidity and goofing around with friends, holds a lighter to Sasha's skirt thinking it will smolder and go out. Sasha ends up with 3rd degree burns on their legs and Richard is charged as an adult w/ a hate crime. This heartbreaking true story serves as a good launching pad for important discussions.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 stacked for future read. 12mo
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Deborah42
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YA narrative nonfiction about a horrifying incident on a bus in Oakland in 2013. Sasha, an agender (meaning they don‘t identify as any gender) teen, was napping when Richard, another teen, set their skirt on fire. Sasha was rushed to the emergency room with third degree burns and Richard was arrested.

I didn‘t love the writing style, but I appreciated the way Slater showed both Sasha‘s and Richard‘s humanity.

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EmilyM
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This book was so well done. Compelling--it reads like fiction, but it addresses issues surrounding youth crime, the juvenile justice system and transgender/agender individuals. Interviews and facts were expertly woven into this narrative of a young man, who is resting on his bus ride home when he gets set on fire by another young man who was just "messing around." This was a true view into how crime can affect the victim and the perpetrator.

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AmberWB
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I have been struggling with my thoughts on this book. The story itself is very interesting- I read this in less than 24 hours. However, the way the book was set up was frustrating for me- it felt choppy and seemed to jump around a lot. Most importantly- I‘m just not sure what the ultimate goal was for the author. I think she really wanted to build sympathy for Richard, which I will be honest in saying- I had a hard time with. Continued.....

AmberWB The 57 Bus definitely was successful in showing that there are many sides to every situation and everyone‘s past plays a part. 14mo
Megabooks Excellent review. This was a maybe for me so I think I‘ll pass. 14mo
MelissaSue81 I felt the same way. But it‘s a worthwhile read, nonetheless. 11mo
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AmberWB
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*Sigh*
Last day of spring break.
Started this one last night- not what I expected, so we will see how it goes.

JoScho Enjoy your day 😊 14mo
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Christine11
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Finished this YA non-fiction about a shocking incident a couple of days ago. It is so informative and made me think about many things I hadn‘t before considered. I would recommend this as an important and timely read. Full review up on my blog now!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2018/03/25/the-57-bus-by-dashka-slater-review/

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LiteraryinLititz
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This book was different from what I expected but still great. It was written in a journalistic style instead of fictionalized. Actual quotes and facts from the crime were the backbone of the story. It was extremely fast-paced. The author was even-handed in the portrayal of the victim and the perpetrator so that in the end you see them both as just kids who aren‘t wholly good or bad. It‘s very interesting and I highly recommend it!

HeatherBookNerd Really want to read this one. 1y
monalyisha I really enjoy her weird little picture books (especially the tagged title)! 1y
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Well-ReadNeck
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THIS BOOK IS AMAZEBALLS!! This YA non-fiction book about a agendered teen in a skirt and an African-American teen with a lighter goofing around with his friends take the same bus and the resulting incident is horrifying, but, ultimately a great life lesson for anyone encountering this beautifully written account of the story. This book wrecked me. Must read.

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Matilda
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Today #inmyears (it's so good)

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ElishaLovesBooks
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“So while teenage emotions have gone into hyperdrive, reason and logic are still obeying the speed limit.”

“. . . Their judgement can be fairly awful when they are feeling intense emotions or stress. . . “

Yep. This explains it all. #RaisingTeenagersIsTough

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