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Ibi Zoboi is the bestselling author of "American Street", "Pride" (2019-2020 GMBA title), and the up-and-coming "Punchin the Air", co-written by Yusef Salaam (of the Exonorated Five).
Excerpt from "Punching the Air" from Ibi Zoboi's website:
The story that I thought
was my life
didn’t start on the day
I was born
Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. 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 think
will be my life
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he 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?