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Promise Boys

"An addictive murder mystery that powerfully highlights systemic racism in education and justice"

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Brilliantly told from multiple points of view, including secondary sources and media reports as well as narrative voices, this is an intensely gripping and powerful story that really highlights how young people of colour are failed by the education and law enforcement systems that should be protecting them.

Trey, J.B and Ramón are three very different characters with different aspirations attending Urban Promise Prep School, which was set up to give disadvantaged kids a second chance. Principal Kenneth Moore runs the place with strict rules and brutal discipline and when he is shot dead while the three are in detention, they become the immediate suspects in his death and they have to join forces to prove their innocence.

These characters are extremely well drawn and all the additional sources really build a picture of their community and the challenges they face. Needless to say media reports are biased against the boys from the start, because of their colour and where they are from and it is fascinating to see how the boys are perceived by others and how they see themselves.

This is a nuanced and wholly authentic look at societal injustice but wrapped up in a page turning and nail biting mystery which will keep readers gripped and engaged. The author’s screen writing background really shows in the vivid scene setting and economy of language. This is an absolute must have for school libraries and a richly rewarding text for classroom study.

Joy Court

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