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Overview

The Latinidad List of Best Books of 2017; Best Books for Teens; In the Margins Top Ten List; Starred Review; Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens; Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2017; Choices; Skipping Stones Honor Award; Best Books for Kids; Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

The Hate U Give meets The Lovely Bones in this unflinching graphic novel about the afterlife of a young man killed by an off-duty police officer, co-illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist John Jennings.

Alfonso Jones can't wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school's hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.


When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he's on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world. Meanwhile, Alfonso's family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.


In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak-and the living yield even more surprises.


Foreword by Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620142639
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Series: I Am Alfonso Jones Series , #1
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 49,705
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tony Medina is the author of six beloved books for young readers, as well as multiple volumes of poetry for adults. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and a professor of creative writing at Howard University, Dr. Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. He lives in the Washington, DC area.


Stacey Robinson es profesor de diseño gráfico en la Universidad de Illinois y becario Arthur Schomburg con una maestría en arte de la Universidad de Buffalo. Como parte del equipo "Black Kirby", trabaja con su colega artista John Jennings para crear novelas gráficas, exposiciones en galerías y presentaciones que deconstruyen el trabajo de la leyenda del cómic Jack Kirby en espacios reinventados de la resistencia negra inspirados en el hip-hop, la religión, el arte y la ciencia. Robinson vive en Illinois y se puede encontrar en Twitter (@ProfSARobinson) e Instagram (@StaceyARobinson).

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