Tyler Johnson Was Here
The Hate U Give meets All American Boys in this striking and heartbreaking debut novel, commenting on current race relations in America.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 t... read full description below.
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||Children / Young Adults
||Children / Young Adults
|Library of Congress
||Death, Single-parent families, African Americans, Brothers, Grief
||Young Adult Fiction
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The Hate U Give meets All American Boys in this striking and heartbreaking debut novel, commenting on current race relations in America.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 stunning account of police brutality in modern America.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||Coles' powerful, anguished debut novel...garners worthy comparisons to 2017's award-winning The Hate U Give. -- BookPage A powerful story full of heart, packing a deep emotional punch. -- VOYA JaQwan Kelly's narration turns from lighthearted to fearful and he amps up tension when an aggressive white policeman draws a gun on the innocent black teens...He expresses Marvin's many forms of vulnerability, which change as quickly as that first scene...Speedy emotional shifts mirror the story's fast pace as Kelly recounts Marvin's painful journey, marked by grief, outrage, and the realization of his true beliefs and needs. -- AudioFile An unflinching look at police brutality and systemic racism in America. -- Bustle 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) 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
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. JaQwan J. Kelly is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.