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The Black Kids

(2020)
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Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel is a unflinching exploration of race, class, and violence as well as the importance of being true to yourself. 

Los Angeles, 1992

Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of high school and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.

But everything changes one afternoon in April, when four police officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.

As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.

With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?

Praise for The Black Kids:

'Should be required reading in every classroom' – Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
'A prescient coming-of-age debut' – Elle.com
'Utterly brilliant' STYLIST

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"Infused with honesty, heart, and humor, The Black Kids is a true love letter to Los Angeles, highlighting the beauty and flaws of the city, and the people who call it home." - Brandy Colbert

"A brilliantly poetic take on one of the most defining moments in Black American history." - Tiffany D Jackson

"I’ve never read a book that so aptly delves into the harrowing shift from black girl to black woman, while chronicling one of the most resounding examples of systemic racism in recent American history. Should be required reading in every classroom." - Nic Stone


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Hardback Editions

August 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
ISBN: 1-5344-6272-4 / 978-1-5344-6272-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
ISBN: 1-4711-8819-1 / 978-1-4711-8819-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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Audio Editions

December 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
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December 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
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December 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
ISBN: 1-79711-245-7 / 978-1-79711-245-9
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

August 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2020 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Kids
Author(s): Christina Hammonds Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Availability: Amazon UK