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Join in with other teens as we discuss Dashka Slater’s The 57 Bus. The discussion, led by Sadie Leveque, will be held outside in the Library’s courtyard. Please call the Library to register and to request a copy of the book. Participation is limited to maintain social distancing.

A New York Times Bestseller, The 57 Bus is the true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives. From the publisher: 

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.