The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

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 an...

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  • Marisa
    This was an amazingly written work of nonfiction for a teen (or older) audience. This book presents 2 teens brought together on the same bus for a small amount of time, and the one act that changed their lives (for good and bad) forever. There are no black and whites in this book, the author attempt...
  • Z
    Although not the root cause, the two teenagers involved in this situation were on different sides of a sharp class divide. Shasha, white, came from a middle-class background; at home, they had time to dream, read, and create other languages, worlds, and plans for their own future. Richard, Black, at...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. In 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 teenager...
  • Elyse
    THIS IS A TRUE STORY..... The 57 bus travels through the wealthy neighborhoods in the Oakland Hills where they boast good schools ( where Tom Hanks and I attended) - and traveled into the flatlands of East Oakland, where the bulk of the cities murders happened. Sasha attended a small private school ...
  • Sara
    I cannot recommend this book enough. It does so much. It examines what it means to be a (fairly privileged) non-binary white teen with Aspergers.It examines what it means to be an African-American male teen from a rough part of Oakland.It examines the criminal justice system, particularly where it ...
  • Kathryn
    I rarely read YA non-fiction, but I made an exception for Dashka Slater’s The 57 Bus. As a librarian, I’ve been searching for ways to address social justice topics. While it’s liberal, my home state is predominantly white. Fortunately as a child I lived abroad, so I had exposure to di...
  • Skip
    Based on a true story, this book describes a horrific crime when a 16-year old black intentionally sets an agender person's skirt on fire, not realizing how flammable the material would be and the severe burns caused. Richard admits his guilt, but is vilified as a hatemonger and a political decision...
  • Anna
    it takes pretty bad writing to make me bored of a true crime story but the author managed it! ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #2: True CrimeThis book was very good! It delves pretty deeply into what it means to be agender, along with pronoun guides and a list of LGBTQ+ terminology, so if that sort of thing interests you, this book has tons of it! The main focus of the book is the ...

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