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All My Friends by Hope Larson
Batman and Robin and Howard by Jeffrey Brown
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Cinder the Fireplace Boy (Rewoven Tales) by Ana Mardoll
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Ghastly Glass by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberly
Hot-Air Henry by Mary Calhoun and Erick Ingraham (Illustrations)
Invisible Kingdom, Volume 1: Walking the Path by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Artist)
Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 4 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (Illustrations)
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett, Gayle Leeson and Jorjeana Marie (Narrator)
My Life in Transition by Julia Kaye
Sarah Somebody by Florence Slobodkin and Louis Slobodkin (illustrator)
The Sign of Death by Callie Hutton and Nano Nagle (Narrator)
A Three Book Problem by Vicki Delany and Kim Hicks (Narrator)
Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee
Tink and Wendy by Kelly Ann Jacobson
Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
A Whisker of a Doubt by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López (Illustrator)

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Dear Justyce: 01/15/22

Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce is the follow-up, companion piece to Dear Martin (2017). Like Justyce wrote to Dr. King during his incarceration, Quan writes to Justyce while he awaits trial for a crime he has pled not guilty for.

Through the letters and other scenes, Quan's life story unfolds, including the events leading up to the shooting death of the officer.

Quan's story is of a smart child not given the chances to thrive. When he gets high marks on a math test he's accused of cheating. Even his mother doesn't believe him. His home life is bad. He and his mother and younger siblings live with her abusive boyfriend. He's forced at times to steal to put food on the table.

Quan's a good kid struggling in a system set up to make him fail. He's forced by circumstances beyond his control to make decisions that will further criminalize his reputation in the eyes of the adults in his life.

The afterword is worth a read as it explains the inspiration for the book and the numerous real world Quans, most of whom don't get the happy ending he does.

Four stars

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