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ALL AMERICAN BOYS
by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely | Read by Guy Lockhard, Keith Nobbs

Two talented narrators portray the alternate realities of two teenagers involved in a complex situation. Rashad, an artistic African-American, is savagely beaten by a policeman. Hospitalized, with internal bleeding, he wants only to be left alone. Narrator Guy Lockhard shifts briskly between Rashad’s tormented thoughts and the intrusions of the well-meaning people who surround him. An overly enthusiastic nurse, family members, and friends, as well as constant news coverage, compromise his recovery. In alternate chapters, Keith Nobbs portrays the anguish of Quinn, a solitary white teen who witnessed the crime. Nobbs conveys Quinn’s emotional journey from wanting to hide his knowledge about what happened to finding the courage to speak. These sensitive portraits describe emotional journeys behind today’s all-too-common events. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine