/ 5 Required reading. Swipe for the quote from the book spoken by Alfonso’s mo…


/ 5 Required reading. Swipe for the quote from the book spoken by Alfonso’s mother that is the exact reason why it should be in every high school and read widely by adults and teens alike. This graphic novel is a heartbreaking look at the Black Lives Matter movement and the horrific events that have ravaged the US and necessitated the creation of BLM and books such as this one. It’s an incredibly rich reading experience combining both the story of a teen’s murder by a police officer with a hip hop Hamlet storyline as well as a deep historical account of the violence against blacks in the US. The author’s note shares the author’s history in the movement and motivation for this story – it is a must-read part of the book. Every high school’s collection should have I AM ALFONSO JONES right next to the MARCH trilogy….because the civil rights movement is NOT over. Other 2017 titles to read alongside this one are AMERICAN STREET PIECING ME TOGETHER THE HATE U GIVE and DEAR MARTIN. I am not qualified to review the art beyond saying that the black and white style fully conveyed the story and the strength of the book’s message. Thanks to Lee & Low Books for the complimentary review copy – all opinions are my own. #blacklivesmatter



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