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By: Dashka Slater Location: NF 920 SLA Genre: True Hate Crime- Teenagers- LGBT
A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
information garnered from interviews, social media, public records, and
surveillance videos, journalist Dashka Slater expands - in an unbiased
manner - on her article published in the New York Times Magazine in January of 2015 to create the full story in book form.
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.
November of 2013 in Oakland, California, an agender teenager riding the
57 bus was set on fire. In an instant – with a flicker of flame and a
reckless lapse in judgement – the lives of two teenagers were changed
is a white teen from a middle-class family who attends private school.
In terms of sexual orientation, Sasha identifies as neither male nor
female. Slater capitalizes on the opportunity to give a comprehensive
introduction on the myriad terms used to describe a person's gender,
sex, and sexuality. While touching on Sasha’s fascination with language,
Slater gently segues into an explanation for the pronouns an agender
Richard is a black teen who attends public school and lives with his mother, Jasmine, in a crime-riddled neighborhood.
Even though Richard is an all-around
good kid, he makes one tragic mistake. He holds a lighter to Sasha’s
skirt, thinking he’ll just give the sleeping Sasha a scare. But Sasha
awakes with their clothing engulfed in flames. Shortly thereafter,
Richard is faced with the prospect of being tried as an adult for his
Compassionate in its exploration of two sides of a story and noteworthy for its emphasis on empathy, The 57 Bus is an impressive work of non-fiction that belongs in the hands of every teenager and adult. - Hannah Grendale- Goodreads.com