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The Cost of Knowing

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Powerful novel of teen boy who transforms fear to resolve.

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This moving and ambitious fantasy is a love letter to Black boys. In The Cost of Knowing, Brittney Morris (SLAY, a New York Times bestseller) uses the idea of being able to see the future as a metaphor for the anxiety that exists for children (particularly Black boys) forced to confront the worst realities of the adult world. The author is successful in making the main character's unusual power (seeing visions of the future about anything that touches his palms) consistent and rational throughout the story. She also covers a lot of subject matter that can benefit from more coverage: mental health in Black boys and men; a mass shooting (she explores the motivations of the shooter as well as the experiences of the victims); and how "good people" can become violent vigilantes.

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