Dashka Slater has written many books, including Baby Shoes, The Sea Serpent and Me, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Escargot, and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She lives in California. dashkaslater.com
Stonewall Book Award--Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young
Adult Literature Award Winner
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book Winner
A TAYSHAS Top Ten Book
A 2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Book
Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Award A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017!
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017!
One of The New York City Public Library Notable 50 Best Books for Teens!
The California Book Awards Young Adult Winner!
An ILA Notable Book for a Global Society!
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Winner!
"A sensitive study of an incident wrapped up in so many
modern conundrums." --The Financial Times"The text shifts from
straightforward reporting to lyrical meditations, never veering
into oversentimentality or simple platitudes. Readers are bound to
come away with deep empathy for both Sasha and Richard. VERDICT
Slater artfully unfolds a complex and layered tale about two teens
whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work will
spark discussions about identity, community, and what it means to
achieve justice." --School Library Journal starred
"With a journalist's eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job debunking the myths of the hate-crime monster and the African-American thug, probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." --Kirkus starred review
"Using details gleaned from interviews, social media, surveillance video, public records, and other sources, Slater skillfully conveys the complexities of both young people's lives and the courage and compassion of their families, friends, and advocates, while exploring the challenges and moral ambiguities of the criminal justice system. This painful story illuminates, cautions, and inspires." --Publishers Weekly starred review
"It is likely that this account will spark conversations, debates, and contemplation, perhaps leading readers to define for themselves what justice means."--VOYA
"[A] multi-layered lesson on the healing power of humanity." --Shelf Awareness starred review
..".a powerful story of class and race (Sasha is white), gender and identity, justice and mercy, love and hate. Slater has crafted a compelling true-crime story with ramifications for our most vulnerable youth." --The Horn Book