Tyler Johnson Was Here
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 and the cops blame the shooting, a video is leaked online that 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.
After participating in the 13-house auction for The Hate U Give, now a runaway success, quite a lot of us agree that Angie Thomas’s novel is “the one that got away”–but with the astronomical success of The Hate U Give, it’s clear that there’s a gap readers are hungry to see filled: very real novels that comment on race relations in America today. Tyler Johnson Was Here is an opportunity to add to the conversation on race and police brutality in America, and the debut author–a 21-year-old activist himself–has a strong voice for today’s youth.
"Uncompromising and intense, this heart-wrenching novel sends out an anguished cry for justice to all who are willing to hear."--Shelf Awareness "Jay Coles' powerful, anguished debut novel...garners worthy comparisons to 2017's award-winning The Hate U Give."--BookPage "Gripping from the very first scene, Tyler Johnson Was Here is a powerful and vulnerable immersion into the lives of people who are too rarely given a voice."--Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes "Exploring the current climate of police brutality and viral culture, this harrowing YA effort is based on its author's own experiences with tragedy and loss, a personal touch felt across every page."--Entertainment Weekly "Coles's contemporary novel addresses real issues facing black teens in the U.S. today, and is a powerful story full of heart, packing a deep emotional punch."--VOYA "Coles...pens an immersive and uncompromising look at systemic police violence in the U.S., effectively dramatizing the human experience and ethical questions underpinning today's Movement for Black Lives."--Kirkus Reviews "Clear-eyed, authentic, and heartfelt, Tyler Johnson Was Here is a captivating must-read."--Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying "An unflinching look at police brutality and systemic racism in America."--Bustle "A distressing yet empowering portrait of a black teenager confronting relentless racism, brutality, and tragedy."--Publishers Weekly "Tyler Johnson Was Here refuses to pull its punches. Marvin's story will remake you. The careful prose, the heartbreaking story, but also the triumph of a young man in the face of an often lightless world. Jay Coles delivers the first book in what will be an illuminating career."--Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Book of the Year "An impactful story.... Stirring and heartbreaking."--The Bulletin * "Unforgettable.... Coles' exploration of brotherhood, grief, friendship, and familial ties is as moving and relevant as its exploration of racism."--Booklist, starred review * "This well-written, fast-paced story eloquently addresses how to grieve, plan, and participate in the burial of a loved one.... [A] standout debut."--School Library Journal, starred review "Riveting...Coles evaluates self-identity in African Americans, police brutality, stereotypes, prejudice, social justice, education, poverty and more. At times endearing, and at times, excruciating to read, it is a very important novel."--The Washington Missourian
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