The 57 Bus: A True Story Of Two Teenagers And The Crime That Changed Their Lives
ISBN: 152636123X
EAN13: 9781526361233
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 7.72" L x 4.88" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
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A New York Times Bestseller
Stonewall Book Award Winner--Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

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 case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

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   Great read
I used this as a summer reading for my 15-year-old son. I read it with him and it sparked some really good conversations.
   Real story but .....
I grew up in another country, I am not white and I don 't have any memories about racism or discrimination, that was something I learned when I came to this country. I still don 't know why people need to remember others about this difficult situation or writing about real things that happen out there. I know it is a reality, but if they really want to change these problems, they must change this mentality and avoid teaching the little ones about it. I had to read this book because they want us to know how real-life is for black people and others races and to be mindful about them, but I honestly don 't agree with this book and anything that has to keep teaching this. Anyway, the book is ok to share the story about what happened to them and how they were treated. If you want to be more morbid about this topic, then read books like this, but this is not for me.
I love books that show perspectives of all kinds of people. This story of real people is AMAZING! I 'd love to meet them! '' I 'd love to meet them!
I read this for a book club. The statistics dispersed through it were really shocking. I keep retyping, deleting, typing to try to explain what I got out of this book. It is hard to explain, but one way it changed me : when I hear about a youth committing a crime, especially one who has no history of this type of behavior, I used to think that maybe they were just caught before. But now I think I have more initial compassion for the youth and their family and wonder if there is more to the story than we just don 't know. It was also interesting to see a description of how restorative justice can work in a school. I had heard the term, but never really knew how it would work, or if it could work.
   Great story and it is true!? : surprised in a good way
I really love this book '', I really love it. I love that it is about 2 kids from the same city, but not the same place. They are both outsiders in different ways. They both have families that love them and they are not always making easy choices for themselves. I fell in love with everyone I fell in love with them ''. I thought I was 16 instead of 66, but I was still 66. I was not aware that California cleaned their juvenile justice system, but I am happy that they have. I 'd be privileged to know either of them. Fair disclosure here : I also have Asperger's syndrome. I also love social justice information, which is why I read the book in the first place. I, so very much, hope the best for both of these families. And I hope we can keep moving the new system to a legal place. I hope this writer continues to write. I hope this writer keeps writing.
   I’d pass on this.
I want to confront this with I have nothing against the LGBTQ community. However, until I started reading this, I don 't know that this is mostly about this and the particular way the person writing the book about likes to be addressed. It is poorly written and a lot of the chapters '' are one and two pages long with a lot of wasted space. It is distracting. The story is terrible and tragic for all parties involved, I just feel that it could have been better written.
Wow, Wow. This book was SO good that it was SO good. It touched the lives of two different people and how a single incident brought them together. It shed light on the trans community and helped people who are not familiar with a lot of terminology to understand the different identifications of the LGBTQX community. I loved this book from start to finish. I loved it. I love the way it was written and the fact that it was based on a true story. I cried. I laughed ''. I really encourage anyone to read it to stop reading reviews and buy it just because I really, really, really encourage anyone to read it.
This recollection of what was originally written and paced as a hate crime is riveting.
   2 lives changed forever from 1 incident
I know many that have enjoyed this book really, but I didn 't, I understand that there are many people that live life differently and I guess I just didn 't connect with either of the students involved. I believe that this was a true event that happened and I'm praying for the families involved. I believe that if the book was written in another way than journalistic, I would have enjoyed it more.
   the egregious realities of a hate crime such as the one described in The 57 ...
Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! You have to read this book! You have to read it! '' Written for young adults, suitable for middle school, and a compelling read for adults. This true story takes place in Oakland, in the neighborhood my grandparents lived in long before the events described in this book took place. While the setting was familiar, the egregious realities of a hate crime such as the one described in The 57 Bus were not. Although other readers found this book to be one-sided, preachy and even lacking in detail, there is much to be gleaned from reading it.