American Street

Book review by Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Raw and gritty immigrant story best for mature teens.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

An exploration into a world I didn't know about

As someone who grew up in a safe, suburban, and wealthy town, this book let me glimpse into the lives that many people have to live through. An important book if you want your kids to have a look into cultures different then theirs. I made my rating 13+ despite the moderate use of profanity - your kids have heard all these words by middle school, and this book is not glorifying the way they are used. Censoring this book from their reading collection because of language would be censoring them from learning about the very real world presented in the story. Also, not to call out anyone in particular, but I do find it funny how a parent would find the swearing problematic, but not the violence.

Book Details

  • Author: Ibi Zoboi
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Publication date: February 14, 2017
  • Number of pages: 324
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: September 27, 2021

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