The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

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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.

Title : The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
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ISBN : 0374303231
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Hannah rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. In November of 2013 in Oakland, California, an agender teenager riding the 57 bus was set on fire. In an instant – with a flicker of flame and a reckless lapse in judgement – the lives of two teenagers were...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2017

THIS IS A TRUE STORY..... The 57 bus travels through the wealthy neighborhoods in the Oakland Hills where they boast good schools ( where Tom Hanks and I attended) - and traveled into the flatlands of East Oakland, where the bulk of the cities murders happened. Sasha attended a small private scho...

Kathryn rated it ★★★★☆

September 08, 2017

I rarely read YA non-fiction, but I made an exception for Dashka Slater’s The 57 Bus. As a librarian, I’ve been searching for ways to address social justice topics. While it’s liberal, my home state is predominantly white. Fortunately as a child I lived abroad, so I had exposure to diverse groups...

Sara rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

I cannot recommend this book enough. It does so much. It examines what it means to be a (fairly privileged) non-binary white teen with Aspergers. It examines what it means to be an African-American male teen from a rough part of Oakland. It examines the criminal justice system, particularly where...

Marisa rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017

This was an amazingly written work of nonfiction for a teen (or older) audience. This book presents 2 teens brought together on the same bus for a small amount of time, and the one act that changed their lives (for good and bad) forever. There are no black and whites in this book, the author atte...

Skip rated it ★★★☆☆

November 25, 2017

Based on a true story, this book describes a horrific crime when a 16-year old black intentionally sets an agender's skirt on fire, not realizing how flammable the material would be and the severe burns caused. Richard admits his guilt, but is vilified as a hatemonger and a political decision is...

Zola rated it ★★★☆☆

July 22, 2017

Although not the root cause, the two teenagers involved in this situation were on different sides of a sharp class divide. Shasha, white, came from a middle-class background; at home, they had time to dream, read, and create other languages, worlds, and plans for their own future. Richard, Black,...

Berkeley High School rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

I first heard of the story when it occurred, reading the article about it in my sister’s high school newspaper in 2013. None of the words except the headline of the article stuck with me between then and the moment when I picked up The 57 Bus in 2017: “Agender Maybeck student set on fire”. Before...

paula rated it ★★★★★

January 30, 2018

100% my recommendation for any high school that does an all-school read, especially any school that implements restorative justice. The whole book is about the fallacy of binaries - boy and girl, good and bad, guilt and innocence... none of these are polar opposites.

Debbie rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2018

The 57 bus runs through a long stretch of my home town of Oakland, including many very different neighborhoods and class levels. I ride it in two directions on most Sundays to visit some friends. In 2013, after school, Sasha, a white non-gender-binary high school student, wearing a gauze skirt, w...

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