The Black kids / Christina Hammonds Reed.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: With the Rodney King riots closing in on high school senior Ashley and her family, the privileged bubble she has enjoyed, protecting her from the difficult realities most black people face, begins to crumble.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Los Angeles, 1992. It's the end of senior year and Ashley Bennett and her friends are spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. When four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death, violent protests engulf LA and the city burns. Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal; her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. The model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents built starts to crumble. Her friends are spreading a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson. Ashley is left to question who is the us? And who is the them? -- adapted from jacket
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      Ages 14 up. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
      Grades 10-12. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
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      HAMMONDS REED, C. The Black kids. First edition. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2020. ISBN 9781534462724. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 out. 2020.
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      Hammonds Reed C. The Black Kids. First edition. Simon & Schuster BFYR; 2020. Accessed October 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Hammonds Reed, C. (2020). The Black kids (First edition.). Simon & Schuster BFYR.
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      Hammonds Reed, Christina. 2020. The Black Kids. First edition. Simon & Schuster BFYR.
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      Hammonds Reed, C. (2020) The Black kids. First edition. Simon & Schuster BFYR. Available at: (Accessed: 26 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hammonds Reed, C 2020, The Black kids, First edition., Simon & Schuster BFYR, viewed 26 October 2020, .
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      Hammonds Reed, Christina. The Black Kids. First edition., Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2020. EBSCOhost,
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      Hammonds Reed, Christina. The Black Kids. First edition. Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2020.
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      Hammonds Reed C. The Black kids [Internet]. First edition. Simon & Schuster BFYR; 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 26]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1

*Starred Review* Reed's probing debut novel explores how wealth, race, class, and privilege intersect against the tumultuous backdrop of the Rodney King Riots. Ashley Bennett is a Black teen from an affluent family living in Los Angeles in 1992. As such, her only concern is having a perfect beachy summer until the Rodney King beating, protests, and riots thrust her life and friendships into turmoil. As the world around her splinters, Ashley must figure out whom she truly is, whom her real friends are, and how to stand proud as a Black girl in America. In Ashley, Reed gives readers an authentic, flawed, and confused character who undergoes considerable personal growth as she comes to important realizations about her identity, her aspirations, and, notably the person she is not. Brilliantly woven into this deeply personal narrative arc are explorations of police brutality, racial inequality, and upheavals within the Black community as a whole. Intra-family struggles and relationships are also a central theme of the book, and it doesn't shy away from discussions of colorism and generational trauma. This story may be a work of historical fiction, but its relevance to today's social and political events adds to its eye-opening power, making it a novel that demands to be read. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 August #4

Unfolding in the six days following the 1992 acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King, Reed's poetic, layered, and seamlessly intersectional debut depicts the coming-to-consciousness of sheltered Ashley Bennett, one of the few Black students at a wealthy, largely white Los Angeles high school. Though Ashley encounters racism, she's mostly concerned with fitting in with her white childhood friends; her college-dropout sister, Jo, meanwhile, spray paints Communist slogans on the scarred city. Ashley becomes aware of her own racism after accidentally starting a rumor that LaShawn, a Black basketball player on scholarship, may have looted his new sneakers. Getting to know LaShawn is just part of an education that includes a scary brush with the police, as well as long untold family stories about Black Wall Street and intergenerational depression. Although the novel skews a bit lengthy, Reed's sharp cultural observations make it a pleasurable read, and the world she creates is notably difficult, complex, and funny. Ages 14–up. Agent: David Doerrer, Abrams Artists Agency. (Sept.)

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