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Anger is a Gift

Title

Anger is a Gift

Authors

Mark Oshiro

Publisher

Tom Doherty Associates

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781250167026

Pages

463 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL710L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Family member death; Single parent; Race discrimination; Gay/Lesbian; Mental illness; death of a father; single mother; racism; gay; gay teenager; same-sex relationship; anxiety; panic attacks; teenager with a mental illness

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

African American

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Schneider Family Book Award, 2019, Winner, Teen

Keywords

police shootings; protests; rallies; friendship; relationships; high school; police brutality; abuse of power

Diversity Impact

direct

Anger is a Gift


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