The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Slater, Dashka

Dashka Slater

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

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A New York Times BestsellerStonewall Book AwardYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults FinalistA School Library Journal Best Books of 2017A Washington Post...

A New York Times Bestseller

Stonewall Book Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
A School Library Journal Best Books of 2017
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017
One of The New York City Public Library Notable 50 Best Books for Teens
The California Book Awards Young Adult Winner
An ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Winner 

Dashka Slater's The 57 Bus, a riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment, tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. 

Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Award: Stonewall Book Award - Winner
Award: Yalsa Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults - Finalist

Praise for The 57 Bus:

An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This painful story illuminates, cautions, and inspires. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Dashka Slater is the New York Times-bestselling author of The 57 Bus, which won the Stonewall Book Award and was a YALSA nonfiction finalist. Her fiction includes The Book of Fatal Errors, the picture book Escargot, which won the Wanda Gag Book Award; Baby Shoes; The Antlered Ship, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and received four starred reviews; and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She lives in California.

Young Adult
320 (HC) / 452 (LPPB)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication Date
October 17, 2017
9780374303235 (HC) and 9798885794039 (LPPB)