All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: A Spoiler-Free Review

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Authors: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2017), Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee for High School (2017), Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominee (2018), Coretta Scott King Award Nominee for Author Honor (2016), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2017), Lincoln Award Nominee (2018), Walter Dean Myers Award (2016)

Summary: When sixteen-year-old Rashad makes a stop to buy a bag of chips after school, he encounters a police officer far to eager to accuse him of shop-lifting. As he tries to explain the situation, the officer accuses him of resisting arrest and the situation turns into one of Rashad’s worst nightmares. The police officer’s assault on Rashad is witnessed by many, among them, Quinn Collins, one of Rashad’s classmates who, after the death of his father, essentially raised Quinn. Both boys are forced to make decisions on where they stand on a growing societal issue.

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“Wisps of Memory” by Chris Sarantopoulos: A Spoiler-Free Review

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“Wisps of Memory” is a short horror story about Ian, a middle-aged man and former toymaker with a paralyzed arm.

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Doomed Spy by J. R. Rogers: A Spoiler-Free Review

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The year is 1960 and Anastas Molotov is a young KGB officer determined to defect to Great Britain. The process is being overseen by one Edgar Davies, an MI6 officer nearing his retirement. Unbeknownst to Molotov, Davies has deep ties to Colonel Oleg Nadiensky, the KGB Rezident of Montevideo, where the two are on assignment.

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