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Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here (Hardback)

By Coles, Jay

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When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom --

ISBN 9780316440776
Barcode 9780316440776
Published 3 April 2018 by Little, Brown
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780316440776
ISBN-10 0316440779
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date 3 April 2018
International Publication Date 20 March 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Coles, Jay
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 214mm
Height: 150mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 412g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Death, Single-parent families, African Americans, Brothers, Grief
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 896125

Description of this Book

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead and the cops blame the shooting, a video is leaked online that tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean. After participating in the 13-house auction for The Hate U Give, now a runaway success, quite a lot of us agree that Angie Thomas's novel is the one that got away --but with the astronomical success of The Hate U Give, it's clear that there's a gap readers are hungry to see filled: very real novels that comment on race relations in America today. Tyler Johnson Was Here is an opportunity to add to the conversation on race and police brutality in America, and the debut author--a 21-year-old activist himself--has a strong voice for today's youth.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Tyler Johnson Was Here refuses to pull its punches. Marvin's story will remake you. The careful prose, the heartbreaking story, but also the triumph of a young man in the face of an often lightless world. Jay Comes delivers the first book in what will be an illuminating career. --Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia Gripping from the very first scene, Tyler Johnson Was Here is a powerful and vulnerable immersion into the lives of people who are too rarely given a voice. --Asi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes * Unforgettable....Coles' exploration of brotherhood, grief, friendship, and familial ties is as moving and relevant as its exploration of racism. --Booklist, starred review

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Author's Bio

Jay Coles is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University. When he's not writing diverse books, he's advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing for various music publishers. His debut novel Tyler Johnson Was Here is based on true events in his life and inspired by police brutality in America. He resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and invites you to visit his website at jaycoleswrites.com.

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