Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a fantastic novel to add to any high school classroom library.
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Summary: Justyce McAllister does not realize the societal injustices that occur daily until he is put into handcuffs for trying to help his girlfriend. After this moment, he can no longer ignore the way society treats people differently. He starts writing to Martin Luther King Jr. as a way of coping and processing the things he finds difficult. When his best friend is shot he begins to wonder which way is better gang life or using the ways of Martin Luther King Jr.
Review: If you students enjoy The Hate You Give, then they will LOVE Dear Martin by Nic Stone. I personally found this novel easier to read and it kept my attention more than The Hate You Give. It would be excellent as a class novel or a book club selection. Due to the swearing and mature language in this novel, I would recommend it for high school classrooms.
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