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$16.99  $15.80
Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Maurice Broaddus, a community organizer and teacher, has written and edited short stories for a number of magazines as well as authoring several novels and novellas for adults. Learn more about him at www.mauricebroaddus.com.


"Unforgettable. A must-buy for readers who enjoy books by Kelly Yang, Jason Reynolds, and Chrystal D. Giles." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Readers will immediately root for [Bella] throughout this well-paced story that addresses the impact of gentrification and the power of young voices. The clear narration sends readers a strong message about civic responsibility and how they're never too young to get involved in decision-making that affects their communities." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A testament to personal empowerment, community, and art. Broaddus delivers an optimistic story that champions community engagement and encourages standing up against oppressive systems." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A timely story of place and displacement. Coupled with a vivid depiction of Indianapolis' overlooked splendor, this heart-wrenching story of friendship, family, and belonging is a perfect read for the middle-grader looking for action and attitude with a considerable dose of do-good." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Broaddus is not a preacher. He tells good stories and lets readers figure out the lessons." -- Russ Pulliam, The IndyStar

Praise for THE USUAL SUSPECTS: "Readers will love watching these two uniquely gifted black boys explore the complicated tensions between impulses and choices, independence and support, turnin' up and getting through." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A rare and much-needed glimpse into the world of exceptional learners." -- School Library Journal

"[Broaddus] sheds revealing light on the nature of systemic profiling, based on class, race, and neurodiversity, at schools and within society." -- Publishers Weekly

"Through its discerning, young Black protagonist, [The Usual Suspects] tackles difficult subjects with nuance, humor, and heart, always bringing it back to the characters. A great choice for upper middle-graders in search of a fun and meaningful read." -- ALA Booklist

"I want this book, so full of wit and intelligence, raw honesty and clever plotting, to be so well known that when I say "The Usual Suspects" to a room of librarians, their first thoughts involve neither Casablanca or Keyser Soze but this work by Maurice Broaddus." -- School Library Journal Review of the Day