The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives (Paperback)

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This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

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.

Praise for The 57 Bus:

Stonewall Book Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
A School Library Journal Best Books of 2017
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017
One of The New York City Public Library Notable 50 Best Books for Teens
The California Book Awards Young Adult Winner
An ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Winner

"An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This painful story illuminates, cautions, and inspires." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author


Dashka Slater has written many books, including Escargot which won the Wanda Gag Book Award, Baby Shoes, The Antlered Ship, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and received four starred reviews, and Dangerously Ever After. Her non-fiction young adult novel The 57 Bus won the Stonewall Book Award and was a YALSA finalist. She lives in California. Find her at dashkaslater.com.

Praise For…


Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award Winner
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
A School Library Journal Best Books of 2017!
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017!
One of The New York City Public Library Notable 50 Best Books for Teens!
The California Book Awards Young Adult Winner!
An ILA Notable Book for a Global Society!
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Winner!

"A sensitive study of an incident wrapped up in so many modern conundrums." —The Financial Times

"Slater artfully unfolds a complex and layered tale about two teens whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work will spark discussions about identity, community, and what it means to achieve justice." —School Library Journal, starred review

"An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This painful story illuminates, cautions, and inspires." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"It is likely that this account will spark conversations, debates, and contemplation, perhaps leading readers to define for themselves what justice means."—VOYA

"[A] multi-layered lesson on the healing power of humanity." —Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Slater has crafted a compelling true-crime story with ramifications for our most vulnerable youth." —The Horn Book



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250229137
ISBN-10: 1250229138
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 1st, 2021
Pages: 320