The 57 Bus
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The 57 Bus is Dashka Slater's true account of the case that garnered international attention and thrust both teenagers into the spotlight.
Family Relationships; Racial Diveristy; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Incarceration; Race discrimination; Transgender; Androgyny; Gender nonconformity; single mother; teenager in prison; prejudice; agender; gender fluid; gender variance; gender expression
agender person and boy
African American / White
mother and father; single mother
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Non-fiction (Junior/Senior High )
Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult Literature
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult Non-Fiction
Oakland; hate crimes; city bus; violence; trial; justice system; skirt; third-degree burns
Slater, Dashka, "The 57 Bus" (2017). Diverse Families. 1339.