57 Bus
by Slater, Dashka







Author's Notexiii
Monday, November 4, 2013
3(3)
Oakland, California
6(3)
PART 1 Sasha
9(48)
Tumbling
11(2)
Pronouns
13(3)
1001 Blank White Cards
16(5)
Luke and Samantha
21(5)
Gran Turismo 2
26(2)
How Do You Know What Gender You Are?
28(3)
Genderqueer
31(2)
Gender, Sex, Sexuality, Romance: Some Terms
33(3)
Sasha's Terms
36(1)
Becoming Sasha
37(3)
Bathrooms
40(2)
Bathrooms Revisited
42(1)
Skirts
43(3)
Running
46(2)
The Petition
48(2)
Clipboards
50(2)
Best Day Ever
52(1)
Dress Code
53(2)
Sasha and Nemo
55(2)
PART 2 Richard
57(46)
Book of Faces
59(2)
First Day
61(1)
An Old Friend
62(2)
Oakland High School
64(2)
Miss Kaprice
66(3)
The Princess of East Oakland
69(6)
The Best Mother Ever
75(2)
Hopes and Prayers
77(4)
Where He Left Off
81(2)
How It Was Before
83(2)
Fighting
85(2)
Arrested
87(2)
Now It's a Good Day
89(2)
If
91(2)
Murder
93(3)
Working
96(2)
Stripped
98(2)
Trust Issues
100(2)
Resolve
102(1)
PART 3 The Fire
103(110)
Monday, November 4, 2013
105(2)
The 57 Bus
107(3)
4:52 p.m.
110(4)
Fire
114(3)
Watching
117(2)
The Man with the Mustache
119(1)
Phone Call
120(3)
The Rim Fire's Revenge
123(2)
The Ten O'Clock News
125(1)
Locked Out
126(2)
Maybeck
128(2)
Shyam
130(2)
I Knew My Baby
132(2)
The Interview, Part 1
134(3)
Miranda Warning
137(2)
The Interview, Part 2
139(3)
The Interview, Part 3
142(2)
A Man in a Kilt
144(2)
This Is Real
146(5)
Booked In
151(4)
Surgery
155(2)
Still Kinda Dying
157(3)
Charges
160(1)
Direct Files
161(4)
Court Date
165(2)
Reeling
167(1)
The Desk
168(4)
Under the Influence of Adolescence
172(4)
Life at Bothin
176(2)
Not Visiting
178(2)
The First Letter
180(1)
Into the Briefcase
181(1)
Skirts for Sasha
182(2)
The Second Letter
184(3)
Let's All Take Care of Each Other
187(2)
Homophobic
189(2)
What They Sent
191(2)
No H8
193(3)
Y'All Don't Know
196(2)
The Circle
198(2)
Skinned
200(1)
God Is Good
201(3)
Does It Have to Be Me?
204(1)
Back at Maybeck
205(2)
Worst Days Ever
207(2)
Reunion
209(4)
PART 4 Justice
213(90)
Binary
215(1)
Cruel and Unusual?
216(2)
Back at Juvie
218(3)
What If?
221(2)
Not Ready
223(1)
What to Say
224(2)
Always Okay
226(1)
We the People
227(2)
Pretty
229(3)
Dancing
232(2)
Ripples
234(2)
Ass Smacking
236(4)
Restorative Justice
240(2)
Not Wanting To
242(1)
The People vs. Richard-
243(2)
Tired
245(1)
Department 11
246(2)
Maybe
248(1)
Suitcase
249(2)
A Prayer
251(2)
Bargaining
253(2)
The Deal
255(2)
The Fine Print
257(2)
A Structured Environment
259(2)
Look Where His People Went
261(2)
Victim-Impact Statement
263(2)
Nerd Fraternity
265(2)
How It Ended Up
267(2)
Mail Delivery
269(1)
Chad
270(1)
Opportunity
271(5)
Then and Now
276(3)
Risky Thinking
279(4)
Progress Report
283(4)
A Level of Maturity
287(2)
Andrew and the Binary
289(2)
Birthdays
291(3)
1001 No-Longer-Blank White Cards
294(3)
Some Gender-Neutrality Milestones
297(4)
Some Numbers: US Juvenile Incarceration
301(2)
Acknowledgments303(3)
Credits306


Tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, a crime that focuses on the concepts of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment.





Dashka Slater is the New York Times-bestselling author of The 57 Bus which also won the Stonewall Book Award and was a YALSA finalist. She has also written many other 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. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She lives in California. dashkaslater.com





Slater handles the sensitive subject matter of adolescence, hate crimes, the juvenile justice system, and the intersection of race and class with exemplary grace and emotional connection. Sasha, a genderqueer teen riding the 57 bus, was asleep when Richard Thomas, an African American teen, decided to play a prank by playing with a lighter by her skirt. But the skirt caught fire. Sasha spent grueling amounts of time in a hospital burn unit, and Richard spent the rest of his high-school career mired in a long trial and awaiting sentencing. In this true-crime tale, Slater excels at painting a humanistic view of both Sasha and Richard, especially in the aftermath of the crime. Readers will enjoy that Sasha's life is completely developed, while other readers may have a few unresolved questions surrounding Richard's upbringing. Ultimately, this book will give readers a better understanding of gender nonbinary people and a deep empathy for how one rash action can irrevocably change lives forever. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.





In the fall of 2013, on a bus ride home, a young man sets another student on fire.In a small private high school, Sasha, a white teen with Asperger's, enjoyed "a tight circle of friends," "blazed through calculus, linguistics, physics, and computer programming," and invented languages. Sasha didn't fall into a neat gender category and considered "the place in-between…a real place." Encouraged by parents who supported self-expression, Sasha began to use the pronoun they. They wore a skirt for the first time during their school's annual cross-dressing day and began to identify as genderqueer. On the other side of Oakland, California, Richard, a black teen, was "always goofing around" at a high school where roughly one-third of the students failed to graduate. Within a few short years, his closest friends would be pregnant, in jail, or shot dead, but Richard tried to stay out of real trouble. One fateful day, Sasha was asleep in a "gauzy white skirt" on the 57 bus when a r owdy friend handed Richard a lighter. With a journalist's eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job debunking the myths of the hate-crime monster and the African-American thug, probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness. (Nonfiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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