Dear Martin

About The Book

"Justyce is a good kid.
So why is he in handcuffs?"

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighbourhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them...

Themes: Identity, Criminal Justice, Racial Equality, Media Portrayal

Cover design by Thy Bui

Check out the Author

Nic Stone is a New York Times bestselling author of YA and MG books, including Dear Martin, Dear Justyce, Odd One Out, Jackpot and Clean Getaway. Having grown up with a wide range of cultures, she brings a range of diverse stories to her work. Dear Martin is loosely based on a series of true events involving several shootings of unarmed African American teenagers in the USA. Find out more at her website or on Twitter.

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