Punching the Air
From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of the Noughts & Crosses series and The Hate U Give.
One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. 'Boys just being boys' turns out to be true only when those boys are white.
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal Shahid's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?
With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 129 x 198 x 30mm | 350g
- 01 Sep 2020
- HarperCollins Publishers
- London, United Kingdom
'Punching the Air is the profound sound of humanity in verse. About a boy who uses his creative mind to overcome the creativity of racism. About a boy who uses the freedom of art to overcome his incarceration. About you. About me. Utterly indispensable.' - Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stamped and How to Be an Antiracist
'In this beautifully rendered book, we are reminded again of how brilliant and precarious our Black Lives are and how art can ultimately heal us.' - Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning, bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming
Praise for BLACK ENOUGH, edited by Ibi Zoboi
'A powerful collection that opens the reader's eyes to the breadth and diversity of contemporary experience in America' - June Sarpong, author of Diversify
'A breath of fresh air . . . nuanced and necessary.' - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
'The stories, all worth savoring, share a celebratory outlook on black teenagers fully and courageously embracing life.' - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
'Self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating.' - The New York Times
'Fierce and beautiful.' - Booklist (starred review)
About Ibi Zoboi
Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her novel American Street was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Pride and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, a New York Times bestseller. She is the editor of the anthology Black Enough. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives in New Jersey. www.ibizoboi.net