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About the Author
Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her novel American Street was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Pride and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, a New York Times bestseller. She is the editor of the anthology Black Enough. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.
Yusef Salaam is the inspirational speaker and prison reform activist, who, at age fourteen was one of the five teenage boys wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison in the Central Park jogger case. In 1997, he left prison as an adult to a world he didn't fully recognize or understand. In 2002, the sentences for the Central Park Five were overturned, and all Five were exonerated for the crime they didn't commit.
Yusef now travels the world as an inspirational speaker, speaking about the effects of incarceration and the devastating impact of disenfranchisement. He is an advocate and educator on issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in the criminal justice system, especially for men of color.
Praise for PRIDE: “Stands solidly on its own while cleverly paralleling Austen's classic... in a contemporary story about race, gentrification, and young love”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “Mixing gritty street life with the tenderness of first love, Haitian Vodou, and family bonds, the book is at once chilling, evocative, and reaffirming.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “Zoboi's stunning debut intertwines mysticism and love with grit and violence...Fierce and beautiful.”--Booklist (starred review)
Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “A breathtaking story about contemporary America that will serve as a mirror to some and a window for others, and it will stay with anyone who reads it.”--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Punching the Air is the profound sound of humanity in verse. About a boy who uses his creative mind to overcome the creativity of racism. About a boy who uses the freedom of art to overcome his incarceration. About you. About me. Utterly indispensable."--Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author
Praise for BLACK ENOUGH: “A poignant collection of stunning short stories by Black, rock star authors”--Booklist (starred review)
Praise for BLACK ENOUGH: “A breath of fresh air...nuanced and necessary.”--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for BLACK ENOUGH: “Each entry is deftly woven and full of such complex humanity that teens will identify with and see some of their own struggles in these characters... This collection presents the beauty of black humanity in all its many forms.”--School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for PRIDE: “This Bushwick-set, contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice tackles gentriciation, Blackness, and romance with honesty, humor, and heart. This excellent coming-of-age take on a classic belongs on all YA shelves.”--School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “Self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating.”--New York Times
Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “Filling her pages with magic, humanity, tragedy, and hope, Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story. This book will take root in readers' hearts.”--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “Will reach young readers regardless of their background.”--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)