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Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here

The Hate U Give meets All American Boys in this striking and heartbreaking novel, commenting on current race relations in America, by debut author Jay Coles--now available in paperback.

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ISBN 9780316472180
Barcode 9780316472180
Published 7 May 2019 by Little, Brown
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Coles, Jay
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ISBN-13 9780316472180
ISBN-10 0316472182
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date 7 May 2019
International Publication Date 19 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Coles, Jay
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Racism, Sexism & Prejudice
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 260g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress African Americans - Fiction - Crimes against, Police brutality - Fiction - United States
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 962025

Description of this Book

A young man searches for answers after the death of his brother at the hands of police in this striking debut novel, for readers of The Hate U Give. 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, a video leaked online 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. Tyler Johnson Was Here is a powerful and moving portrait of youth and family that speaks to the serious issues of today--from gun control to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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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 Coles 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. --Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes Uncompromising and intense, this heart-wrenching novel sends out an anguished cry for justice to all who are willing to hear. --Shelf Awareness An impactful story....Stirring and heartbreaking. --The Bulletin Coles's contemporary novel addresses real issues facing black teens in the U.S. today, and is a powerful story full of heart, packing a deep emotional punch. --VOYA Jay Coles' powerful, anguished debut novel...garners worthy comparisons to 2017's award-winning The Hate U Give. --BookPage Clear-eyed, authentic, and heartfelt, Tyler Johnson Was Here is a captivating must-read. --Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying A distressing yet empowering portrait of a black teenager confronting relentless racism, brutality, and tragedy. --Publishers Weekly Coles...pens an immersive and uncompromising look at systemic police violence in the U.S., effectively dramatizing the human experience and ethical questions underpinning today's Movement for Black Lives. --Kirkus Reviews * Unforgettable....Coles' exploration of brotherhood, grief, friendship, and familial ties is as moving and relevant as its exploration of racism. --Booklist, starred review * This well-written, fast-paced story eloquently addresses how to grieve, plan, and participate in the burial of a loved one....[A] standout debut. --School Library Journal, starred review An unflinching look at police brutality and systemic racism in America. --Bustle Exploring the current climate of police brutality and viral culture, this harrowing YA effort is based on its author's own experiences with tragedy and loss, a personal touch felt across every page. --Entertainment Weekly An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Book of the Year

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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 jaycoleswriter.com.

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