Come Home Safe

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5.83 X 8.67 X 0.82 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author

Brian G. Buckmire is a former NYC public defender in the Criminal Defense Practice and Homicide Defense Task Force of the Legal Aid Society, where he represented indigent clients in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, he is a trial counsel for Hamilton Clarke LLP, where he represents clients in federal civil rights and federal criminal cases. Buckmire is also an ABC legal contributor appearing on GMA, ABC News Live, Nightline, and GMA3's "Better Call Brian," as well as a legal analyst on the Law & Crime Network and a host on CBS Sports Golazo. In addition, he serves on the board of trustees for Coney Island Prep, a charter school in South Brooklyn. Born in Toronto, of Caribbean heritage, Brian, his wife Victoria, and their son Reid live in New York.

Biracial (Black and white) siblings Reed and Olive navigate racial inequality in this instructive and compassionate debut by public defender Buckmire. Singularly focused on becoming the first-ever freshman varsity soccer player at Elijah McCoy High School, 14-year-old Reed isn't thinking about injustice when he accompanies his younger sister, Olive, home from school one afternoon. But when the siblings enter the subway, a nearby NYPD officer claims that Reed matches the description of a suspect he's pursuing. Reed relies on the rules his Black public defender father taught him to navigate such incidents ('Don't pick a fight with these people--not with your words and not with your body') and does not resist arrest. As the narrative unfolds, both siblings find themselves in various frightening situations that require them to use their wits and the skills instilled in them by their parents to ensure their safety. Via informative and fast-paced text, Buckmire highlights the unjust U.S. legal system by thoughtfully rendering episodic-feeling scenarios that spotlight the conflicts Black people in America face every day just by living their lives. Ages 12--up.--Publishers Weekly