Happy book birthday to This is My America by Kim Johnson! This is one of those books that you just know we have a desperate need for. It’s gonna be tough to read, I’m sure, but the truth is that this book shines light on important topics and injustices that are a real part of our world today. And we need novels like this. Plain and simple.
Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system. Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present? Fans of Nic Stone and Jason Reynolds won’t want to miss this provocative and gripping debut.