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I Am Alfonso Jones

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Powerful graphic novel explores police brutality.

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Police brutality and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement are subjects that require a sophisticated touch, and this passionate graphic novel has the urgency and skill to do its story justice. I Am Alfonso Jones mixes real-life characters with a fictional cast of well-defined individuals, including Alfonso, his mother, and his potential girlfriend. Author Tony Medina and illustrators Stacey Robinson and John Jennings bring Harlem and its past and present residents vividly to life. If the drawings sometimes feel crowded, their message still comes through: that justice is a constant struggle.

I Am Alfonso Jones will serve as a springboard for discussion of uncomfortable issues and attract a readership interested in issues of race, class, and gender.

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