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Publisher's Summary

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League - but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up - way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

©2017 Nic Stone (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Vivid and powerful." (Booklist)
"Raw and gripping." (Jason Reynolds, New York Times best-selling coauthor of All American Boys)

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Absolutely breathtaking

I enjoyed this so much! It was a hard yet beautiful read, and Im looking forward to whatever the author writes next!

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Love it!

The story kept me intrigued the whole time - emotional and relatable. Big lessons for so many of us

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Great story for any age

If you liked The Hate U Give, you’ll definitely like this one, but I think the story is useful for anyone of any age, color, or creed to hear. Loved it!

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  • 10-30-17

the uncomfortable conversation people need to read

this story perfectly articulates the uncomfortable conversation that every black family has when their child becomes a teenager. The fact that the protagonist has lived in recent times and is still experiencing the same level of racism that Doctor Martin Luther King had is no shock the average black family but would be a shock to most. This book eloquently places you in the seat of a young black teenager having to deal with racism, issues are setting yourself apart from the pack, and the emotional struggle of having to have so much trusted on you at a young age. I would highly recommend everyone to read the story so they can have a better Insight of what it's like to experience the black struggle.

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Loved it!

Dear Nic,

This book is right up there with The Hate U Give and All American Boys! It is definitely a new favorite and I can't wait to see what other new classics you pen! My only complaint is that it ended! Maybe you could bless us with a sequel like Dear Barack or something for Jus's "next chapter"?? Whatever you do, you have a fan in me!

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must listen

phenomenally written. a must read for high school on up. much needed perspective broadening occurred.

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Amazing!

This book is fantastic! I think it's completely relatable and down to earth. This is what young adults need to be reading!! Earth shatteringly good story!

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Incredible

This book is absolutely incredible but yet reminder how things have changed and yet stayed the same. This is my 2nd book with Dion Graham as the narrator. He does such amazing. He makes it feel more like a movie then listening to a book.

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A MUST READ for young Black Males

Of all the books I’ve read, which varies greatly, I’ve never come across a fictional book that was so captivating and relevant with regard to my own life. Especially so, as a young African American male, who came of age during the tumultuous time of numerous police shootings, the formation of the Black Lives Matters movement, as a result, and the many events to follow. This book challenged me to even face the stereotypes within my own self consciousness. Despite what’s aforementioned, I’d recommend this book to ANY person, whether black or not. “Dear Martin” is truly a masterpiece that should be known as one of the most relevant pieces of literature in our generation.

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Great book, fast reader

This is such a well written book by Nic Stone. However, the reader can at times go way too fast with the story. It can be very difficult at times to understand.

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