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Dear Justyce

By: Nic Stone
Narrated by: Dion Graham,Nic Stone
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Publisher's Summary

An NPR Best Book of the Year

The stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed, number-one New York Times best seller Dear Martin. An incarcerated teen writes letters to his best friend about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.

An unflinching look into the tragically flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system.

Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, though, 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, vignettes, and letters to Justyce - the protagonist of Dear Martin - 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.

©2020 Nic Stone (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year! 

"An unforgettable tour de force of social-justice and activist literature." —Booklist, starred review

"A powerful, raw must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“Stone tackles the American juvenile justice system and its unjust persecution of Black boys in this gritty, powerful sequel to Dear Martin.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review 

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Thank You Nic

This story was so necessary. The cycle and circumstances that cause the school to prison pipeline is often not told. Nic Stone told it beautifully. Saving my full review for Goodreads but let’s just say I loved this book. It should be required reading in schools across the country.

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very timely read, so important for today's youth

A sense of belonging can save a child from becoming a statistic. Read this book.

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Awesome book

Awesome book for young people definitely a must buy! Easy listen, I actually finished very quickly.

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Malakye Johnson:DEAR JUYSTYCE is Amazing BOOK

Dear Juystyce Is a Powerful Sequal To Dear Martin. Thank You Nic Stone For Creating this Book Because the Story really shows the struggles that Young Black Boys Like Quan go through and To Have Friend like Juystce(Dear Martin) Who Genuinely believes in The Good in him and Just Being a real Positive friend for him. This Book Touches me in so many ways because of Quan's Story and how he was good boy who loved his family and loved school. But ended up in dark path where he just need someone there for him,but Luckliy there was people who there for him and supporting him and saw the good in him and he ended up free and reuninting with family again and getting his life back and starting over again as Positive Person. This Book has Inspired Me so much that I'm going to start writing my own Book that it could save someone' s Life and help them to be better.THANK YOU SO MUCH and GOD BLEES YOU.

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GREAT BOOK

I would recommend this book to every human on earth !! Great book, although it was fiction I fell in love with all the characters. Bravo Nic !! you’ve done it again.

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Important read

As a 56yr old Wt woman I found this important and a must read - it’s going on my list of “helping my Wt friends be anti-racist” books

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Excellent and Inspiring

This story is so tenderly told. Nic has shared such insight into the world experienced by many of today’s youth. I know many Tres. I read this book with my granddaughter and Nic Stone and Jason Reynold’s book have provided bonding for us.

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Awesome Book

This book was one of the best I've read! I love Nic Stone story writing.

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Dear Martin Was Better

I enjoyed “Dear Martin” a bit more than “Dear Justyce.” While I totally understand the authors purpose for writing a sequel, “Dear Martin” provided a little more depth and kept my interest throughout. It was interesting to hear Quan’s point of view, but this book was a bit slow for me.

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My mind was everywhere.

Normally, I don’t like feeling negative (as most do), but I found myself appreciating the feelings that were happening because of how realistic it was. And as said in the authors note, these things are real. People of color are subjected to a fixed place in society and aren’t even given a chance for difference. I’m mixed and lived in an average middle-class home, but was given a different outlook at how lucky my story is compared to many others. The writing was also done in such a fantastic way, proving that Nic Stone knows what she’s doing. I have a feeling you will enjoy this book.