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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
One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it werent 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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Booksnob
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This book is amazing. A page turning true story which should be required reading. Go Read It. Seriously!

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the_next_chapter101
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4/5⭐ It was a heartbreaking story. I don't fully agree or disagree with being gay, trans, or queer. All I believe and agree upon is that it isn't right to judge someone, make fun of, or assault anyone who you perceive as different than you. No matter your beliefs, I highly recommend reading this one. (Listened via Scribd)

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TheBookAddict
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A #mustread for everyone, whatever your thoughts or views on the lgbtq+ community. A heartbreaking retelling of what happened on bus 57 in Oakland, what led to those events, and what preceded them. The author does a great job at sharing both sides of the story and the flaws in our “justice” system.

#diversebooks #lgbtq #truecrime

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“Many hate crimes, according to Phillis B. Gerstenfield, a criminal-justice professor at California State University, Stanislaw, `don‘t have as much to do with the victim as they do with the offender and their own insecurity — which of course is a lot of what‘s going on with adolescents in general.‘”

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TheBookAddict
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😔 our “justice” system... 💔

Butterfinger My book club had many discussions on this book and I remember this page opened a lot of our eyes. 2mo
TheBookAddict @Butterfinger right! I knew it was bad, but I didn‘t know it was that bad. 😔 2mo
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TheBookAddict
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I‘m back!!! I‘ve been MIA for a while, not by choice but because of life. Towards the end of August Kenny was at the ER due to mold poisoning. We then had to try to find a new home ASAP due to the mold. This all happened while I was beginning work again. We still have boxes everywhere, but we are slowly but surely getting situated. I‘ll be happy when my books are all up on the shelves. 🤓 📚💕

This book reads like a documentary.

AmyG Hope he is well soon...and you are all settled in soon! (edited) 2mo
TheBookAddict @AmyG thank you. He‘s feeling better. 😊 2mo
MeganAnn Welcome back! Glad he‘s feeling better ❤️ 2mo
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TheBookAddict @MeganAnn thank you! 😊💕 2mo
Stacypatrice Happy you‘re back! Great book 📖 2mo
TheBookAddict @Stacypatrice thank you! I‘m happy to be back as well. It is definitely a must read. I‘m not done reading it yet, but I will be recommending it. 🙂 2mo
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TheBookAddict

“One of every four trans people has experienced a bias-driven assault, and the numbers are higher for trans women, trans people of color, and people who identify as neither female or male.”

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NovelNancy
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This is an incredible, unfortunate, yet hopeful true story of a person whose clothing is set on fire on Bus 57 in Oakland, CA and the ramifications of that act both for the victim and the doer. The author clearly explains technical information such as the legal system and laws. She humanizes the people involved enough to create empathy in the reader. This book includes important issues on race and sexual identity without passing judgment.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Excellent book. I remember hearing about this incident on the news and it was interesting, and moving, to hear how these teens and their parents‘ lives were changed as a result. Valuable insights into nonbinary/gender fluid identities and the juvenile criminal justice system. Also provides a fascinating look at how race, childhood trauma, and privilege all play into the opportunities and pitfalls facing the kids involved.

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DebbieGrillo
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I was in search of a book to replace To Kill a Mockingbird as a class novel for my 11th graders and I think this is it. I love Mockingbird but most students don't. This is just as important and deals with the important current issues of bullying, harassment, gender discrimination, gender identity, young offenders, restorative justice, racial discrimination, poverty. There's so much to discuss.

TrishB I enjoyed this one and you‘re right- plenty for teenagers to discuss! 4mo
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Mehso-so

I somehow missed this story when it made the news. An interesting look at a headline from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator. The author succeeded in balancing empathy for both of the teens involved.

It did feel a little dry, and you could tell the author was padding things to make a book-length manuscript.

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msmckinney
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Thankful for breaks during teaching 3rd graders at summer school to read books that don‘t have pictures 😂

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DebbieGrillo
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My summer starts a week from tomorrow and is just shy of 9 weeks. Nine weeks=nine books. I have one that I've been wanting to read for a long time, a sequel to a beloved series that I've been waiting until I had more time, two that I'm considering for whole class reads for my 11th graders next year, and the other five are YA titles that I think I'll love and want to recommend to my students. #summerreads

Lovesbooks87 You have some pretty amazing books in that stack! Enjoy! 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Oh my gosh. Congrats! This sounds like a great nine weeks. 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading 57 bus would be great for a classroom discussion. A lot of great topics to consider. It won‘t take a week for you to read though. 😄 5mo
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DebbieGrillo @Prairiegirl_reading That is one of the two for whole class reading. I'm deciding between that and The Marrow Thieves. 5mo
tracey38 Looks like a great stack. I've read a couple. 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading @DebbieGrillo I haven‘t read The Marrow Thieves but it‘s on my tbr now! 5mo
OnlyYoo Sadie was soooo good!!! 5mo
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Mehso-so

I wasn't familiar w/the story at all, so it was really interesting & saddening to read. Slater does a really good job of balancing the narrative so that it doesn't paint either teen as a stereotype. She also doesn't sensationalize the actual crime w/graphic detail, respecting both readers & the subjects. I also learned some things, not being familiar w/all the terms or statistics. But I didn't enjoy the writing and probably wouldn't revisit.

RaimeyGallant I hadn't heard about this either. How terrible. 5mo
jmtrivera @RaimeyGallant It is! Absolutely crazy, and so sad. 5mo
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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 👍🏻 6mo
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Mehso-so

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. 7mo
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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 💗🤗🌺💕 8mo
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Never let your obstacles become more important than your goal. ❤️

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 9mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💕💚 8mo
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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! 10mo
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 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja I don‘t recall having heard about this case either but it is absolutely HORRENDOUS. 10mo
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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. 😢 10mo
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 10mo
saresmoore Ugh. That pizza looks flipping fantastic, though. 10mo
Kalalalatja I just read a long NY times article by the author, and it sounds like a case with so many layers! 10mo
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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. 11mo
js0315 Yes definitely. 11mo
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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. 😡😄 ❤️ 12mo
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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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Sace Ooo! Thanks for the info! I just stacked this recently! 12mo
Amor4Libros Thanks for the heads-up!! 12mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 12mo
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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! 11mo
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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 💜💜💜 13mo
TrishB A good read 👍🏻 13mo
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. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @Butterfinger That sounds like an awesome book club! 13mo
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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. 13mo
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. 13mo
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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! 1y
TrishB Yeah, I liked the 57 bus, lot of food for thought! 1y
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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! 1y
EmilyM Excellent book. 1y
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kaitiebug
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I am so excited for these 😍😍

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BookArt
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Pickpick

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. 1y
overtheedge On my TBR list. 1y
staci.reads @LiteraryinLititz Thank you 😊 1y
staci.reads @overtheedge Hope you find it as worthwhile as I did! 1y
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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? 😊 1y
TrishB @Velvetfur short work trip to Amsterdam 😁 1y
Velvetfur @TrishB Cool! I need to come and work in your place 😀 (I've probably said that before) 1y
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TrishB Lol 😆 Just been told going to the Cayman Islands next year !!! How bonkers is that!!! @Velvetfur 1y
Velvetfur @TrishB Wow, that's fab! Lucky you! 😀 1y
Velvetfur @TrishB Wow, that's fab! Lucky you! 😀 1y
Cathythoughts Cayman Islands ! Wow 😮 so exciting! How lucky are you 1y
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. 1y
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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👍🏻 1y
Prairiegirl_reading That book is so interesting. Have a great trip! 1y
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 1y
Caroline2 Have fun and that book sounds fun too! 👍🏻 1y
readordierachel Have a good trip! 1y
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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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“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! 1y
Mem_ugh @hermyknee you did! It‘s such a great one! 1y
TheFunkyBookworm Haha you stole mine!!! I have this one sitting on my coffee table! 😂 1y
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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. 1y
Mem_ugh @TheFunkyBookworm lol lol lol!! It‘s excellent! 1y
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 1y
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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! 1y
TheFunkyBookworm 57 Bus is waiting to be read on my coffee table- gotta check out the other one.. my kids love graphic novels! 1y
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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) 1y
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 1y
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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! ❤ 1y
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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.”

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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 1y
hermyknee @MelissaSue81 that‘s exactly how I feel. 1y
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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! 1y
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 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 1y
Mem_ugh Welcome to Litsy!! 👋🏼 The 57 Bus is amazing! 1y
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