Punching the Air
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
New York Times and USA Today bestseller * Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor * Walter Award Winner * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Time Magazine Best Book of the Year * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * New York Public Library Best Book of the YearFrom award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. A must-read for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo.The story that I thoughtwas my lifedidn’t start on the dayI was born Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, because of a biased system he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated. Then, one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white. The story that I thinkwill be my life starts todaySuddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it? With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth in a system designed to strip him of both.
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"An absolutely profound novel that makes me want to read more books written in verse. From The unique way the poems are laid out in the page, to the eloquent metaphors utilized, this novel's story is very well-communicated. I think it's deeper messages about trying to find your inner truth and fighting against a corrupted system that leads to good character development. My only slight nitpick is that the book feels kinda... Incomplete. Maybe that's a side-effect of it being in verse. But yes, this novel was a quick and powerful read that makes me more aware of the world we live in. Excellent. 8/10"
"<img src="https://tanyasreading.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/pta.png"/><br/><b>Book Stats <br/>Stars: Five Stars<br/>Start Date: 8/21/20 <br/>Ending Date: 8/24/20<br/>Genre: YA, Verse, Own Voice, Race Issues<br/>Form: Audiobook Arc<br/>Page Count: 400<br/>Publishing Date: September 1st 2020<br/>Point of View: 1st Person Verse<br/>Setting: New York City </b><br/><br/> <b><i>Received an Audiobook arc from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. <a href="https://tanyasreading.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/punching-the-air-by-ibi-zoboi-and-yusef-salaam/">You can read it on my blog!</a></i></b><br/><br/>Punching the air is about a 16 year old name Amal Shhaid who was convicted of a crime that he did not commit. Who was sent to a Juvenile Detention Center as his sentence for an unknown amount of time. Amal is a talented Muslim black boy who loves to read, write poems, skate, and who also like to draw and paint. A talented kid who was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. In which one mistake could ruin a promising future before it begins.<br/><br/>This book is such a sucker punch to the gut right now in the middle of 2020. A year where racial injustice has been in full view thanks to a pandemic which pulled back the curtain. In a time that Black Lives Matter movement is finally being seen a recognized as movement as synonymous as the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. It talks about how messed up the judicial and prison system is when comes to Blacks especially Black Men and other People of color. How essentially the prison system is pretty much a more legal form of Slavery in the United States since Slavery was abolished after the Civil War. It’s also shows how a support system like Amal had with had family can be so important to keep a soul from not breaking in a system that is trying to crush a soul.<br/><br/>Thanks to me reading Pride a couple years back this was not my first time being enthralled by Mrs. Zoboi’s words but in PTA, she took it to another level with it being written in verse. It was so deep and lyrical as the narrator make her words comes to life. The words of a 16 year old boy who trying to keep the hope in a situation that where becoming hopeless can happen so quick because of the color of your skin. The narrator who was nothing but short of amazing was able to capture the spirit of Amal as he was trying to navigate in his situation where staying alive is pretty much the biggest prize. Mrs.Zoboi along with Yusef Salaam captured that sprit very well. I don’t know to much about the Central Park Five since I was young when it happen but I still need to more research about the five Men to complete understand their horrid ordeal.<br/><br/>It’s really funny how racism works.<br/><br/>Black Men get call boy to make them feel inferior.<br/><br/>Black Boys get called Men to in the court of law in order from them to feel inferior in the court of law. To justify them being thrown the book at them. Also to get killed for no reason what so ever.<br/><br/>When will this cycle ever end?<br/><br/><b>#BLM </b><br/><br/><img src="https://tanyasreading.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/tanya-banner-2.png?w=825"/><br/>Tanya"