The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Written by:
Dashka Slater
Narrated by:
Robin Miles

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2017
5 hours 46 minutes
The riveting New York Times bestseller and Stonewall Book Award winner that will make you rethink all you know about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment. Artfully, compassionately, and expertly told, Dashka Slater's The 57 Bus is a must-read nonfiction book for teens that chronicles the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

Two ends of the same line. Two sides of the same crime.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a Black teen, lived in the economically challenged flatlands and attended a large public one.

Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight. But in The 57 Bus, award-winning journalist Dashka Slater shows that what might at first seem like a simple matter of right and wrong, justice and injustice, victim and criminal, is something more complicated—and far more heartbreaking.

A New York Times Bestseller • Stonewall Book Award Winner • YALSA Award forExcellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist • A Boston Globe–Horn BookNonfiction Honor Book Winner • A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time •A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
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Faith M.

I liked it all except the end. I wish I focused more on telling us what happened to the characters. I wish the statistics were put at the front of the book or in the acknowledgments. It felt out of place.

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