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Tyler Johnson was here

by Coles, Jay,

Format: Book on CD 2018
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Baldwin Borough Library Young Adult CD BK YA COL
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  CD BK YA COL

A young man searches for answers after the death of his brother at the hands of police in this striking debut novel, for readers of The Hate U Give .

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Tyler Johnson Was Here is a powerful and moving portrait of youth and family that speaks to the serious issues of today-from gun control to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Coles' unforgettable debut opens with a haunting incident of police brutality that sets the tone for the rest of the book. As Marvin, his twin brother, Tyler, and their best friends exit a convenience store, they are caught in the commotion surrounding a police chase. After the cop viciously beats one of the young men he was pursuing, he draws a gun on Marvin and his group, threatening to shoot as he yells racial hostilities. Guns appear once more when Marvin and Tyler attend a house party and a shooting breaks out, drawing the police. Amidst the chaos, Marvin loses track of his brother, who never comes home. Days afterward, detectives visit Marvin's house and inform him and his mother that Tyler was killed in a gang-related incident; but later, a video surfaces that shows a cop murdering Tyler, proving the detectives' claims false. In the aftermath of Tyler's murder, Marvin must grapple with his grief while also dealing with the social and racial outrage his brother's death sparks. Coles' story offers a glimpse into the injustices, struggles, and pain of being a black male in America. In addition, it crafts an authentic depiction of black life that shatters stereotypes. Its exploration of brotherhood, grief, friendship, and familial ties is as moving and relevant as its exploration of racism.--Davenport, Enishia Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cole's debut novel, based on events in his own life, follows Marvin Johnson, a college-bound senior at Alabama's Sojourner Truth High School. From the opening pages, Marvin and his twin brother, Tyler, navigate racism, drug dealers, and police violence, their lives governed by the "talk that all decent black mothers and fathers give to their children at least once a month. The You-Live-in-a-White-Man's-World-So-Be-Careful talk." Marvin's life takes a turn from hanging out with his "high-ability geek" friends, doing homework, and binge-watching A Different World when a party ends in a shoot-out, a police raid, and Tyler's disappearance. Periodic letters from Marvin's imprisoned father convey a poignant vulnerability, while Marvin's penetrating narrative voice captures the relentless anxiety and questioning that accompanies every choice he faces, from how to address Tyler's friendship with a local drug dealer to how to behave when witnessing police beat an innocent black teenager. It's a distressing yet empowering portrait of a black teenager confronting relentless racism, brutality, and tragedy. Ages 14-up. Agent: Lauren Abramo, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Racism -- Fiction.
Police shootings -- Fiction.
African American teenagers -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Death -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
Single-parent families -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher [New York] :2018
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Kelly, Jaqwan J., narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Jaqwan J. Kelly.
Language English
Notes Compact discs.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781549197246
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