Dear Martin

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

age 14+

Boy faces racial profiling in powerful, realistic tale.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 22 reviews

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age 14+

Mature, but so raw and real

I think that this book is well suited to spark discussions on current events in not just the US but the world. Although it does have language, sexual content, and violence, this is the very real truth for children like Justyce. I spent one night reading this and stayed up all night to finish. I was on the edge of my seat for each of the big events happening, but also brought to tears more than once while reading. I would suggest that any parent wanting to let their child read this, read it first to decide, but also to discuss with them. I also think you'll just enjoy it, the characters are wholesome. This book also draws on history, as the main character makes it his personal project to write to MLK, Jr. which is why it's titled Dear Martin. I think that the lasting message from this aspect of the book is that there is always a way to better yourself, even if you aren't like others you can be your best and that's what matters.

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age 13+

Best book ever

This book shows role models for kids

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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