Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
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.