All American Boys

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 17+

All american boys

I think the book is really good, especially the sceen where he gets beat up and framed for something he hasn, done by the white, rasist cop. I think its really emotional because it is very real and things like that happens today all around the world
age 12+

Great for analyzing the emotional response of victims, their families, and the community

Overall, it does a great job of highlighting the aftershock that comes with victimization and excessive use of force by the police. The different coping strategies employed and, even though it does present a semi "best case scenario" outlook, it keeps itself grounded in reality.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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