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Publisher's Summary

Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school. Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. 

The first trade book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. For four years, Monique W. Morris chronicled the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged - by teachers, administrators, and the justice system - and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, Black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond. 

©2016 Monique W. Morris (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Morris's work, buttressed by appalling statistics and scholarly studies, is supplemented by two useful appendices...and a list of community resources." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great content; horrible performance

I am very interested in the content of this text. However, the voice reading sounds like a computer which makes it very difficult to listen for long periods of time. I'd rather read the printed copy before wasting money on this audio book.

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An enjoyable read and a pleasant narration!

Would you listen to Pushout again? Why?

Yes. Because I am a teacher who is interested in the subject matter, Black Girls and Education.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The statistics were compelling. I was not aware of the rates at which girls are placed in juvenile detention and the impact of this institutionalization on the quality of their lives. It was also interesting to hear about the causes that led to the girls' placement.

What does Kristyl Dawn Tift bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved her characterizations. I usually listen to fiction and although this is a information-rich non-fiction book, the moments when the author included the girls and administrators' narratives were very engaging. Tift's character choices were very strong and I wanted to hear more.

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Not great in audiobook format

If you’re looking for something to listen to... this is not the book for you. It reads like a robot is reading the book... and it’s more of a textbook than a novel. So you feel like a computer is lecturing you on social justice. Really painful. I’m interested in the topic but I think it’s the kind of book you need to handle and skim/jump to the sections that most interest you.

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loved it as an MSW grad student it was very insightful. As an black woman I found the book easy to relate to. The narrator's tone and volume was perfect.

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Very difficult to listen to due to the narrator.

I am very disappointed about this because the subject is one I am very interested in. But the narrator is very flat and monotone. I can imagine this would be good to sleep to, because it's hard to pay attention to what she is saying for long. Very little inflection, which makes the content just go in one ear and out the other.

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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World

Pushout was a powerful read! Many of our Black girls are ostracized, misunderstood and ultimately pushed out. Ms. Morris speaks to this crisis with knowledge, empathy and solutions. So much is expected of girls, but how will they learn if they’re not in a positive space mentally, socially or academically? I highly recommend this book to parents, educators, community partners and anyone that has a desire to help our girls!

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It hit major points that we as black women go through growing up. I had to force myself to keep listening. It could have been the lady reading it. Her tone was dry and made most of the story uninteresting too me.

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Absolutely Necessary Read

This is a book that is so wrong on the silent victim, brown-skinned girls! A must read!

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Horrilble Reader

I had been looking forward to reading this book for some time, but like most, with a busy schedule, never could commit to a time to do so. Then my daughter told me about Audible, and I immediately thought what a perfect way to finally be able to receive information from this book. Well although I managed to get most of the content, it was challenging because the Reader was HORRIBLE. The voice she lent to the girl’s interviewed was borderline offensive. If Ms. Morris has the option to change readers for this book, I would love to listen to it again. Otherwise, I need to physically make the time to read the hard copy to get the full value of her work.

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Well worth the listen

A must read for ANYONE working with girls, especially Black and Brown girls. This work is so important as we enter a time of our girls being devalued

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