In the stunning sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, bestselling author Nic Stone unflinchingly explores the impact of racism and inequality on young Black lives.
Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, Justyce walks the illustrious halls of Yale University . . . and Quan sits behind bars at the Fulton Regional Youth Detention Center.
Through a series of flashbacks and letters to Justyce, Quan’s story takes form. Troubles at home and misunderstandings at school give rise to police encounters and tough decisions. But then there’s a dead cop and a weapon with Quan’s prints on it. What leads a bright kid down a road to a murder charge? Not even Quan is sure…
Nic Stone is the author of the New York Times bestseller and William C. Morris finalist Dear Martin and its companion novel Dear Justyce, which looks at the power of circumstance in decision-making, and seeks to stir compassion for a population of black children who have been deemed unworthy of it: the incarcerated. She also wrote the teen novels Odd One Out, an NPR Best Book and Rainbow Book List Top Tenand Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality for young adults. Her middle grade debut Clean Getaway is a New York Times bestseller and deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and the humanity of our heroes. It received two starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, who called it “an absolute firecracker of a book.”
Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family.