Punching The Air - A Fall Virtual Book Club

ABA Fall Virtual Reading Series:

by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

The American Booksellers Association’s ABC Children’s Group is launching the first event in its fall virtual reading series with authors Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam for their young adult novel, Punching the Air (Balzer + Bray). The four-part book club event on Punching the Air will take place every Wednesday in October at 11:00 a.m. PT on Zoom.
Topics covered during the book club will include:
My Punches Will Be My Paintbrushes — the importance of art for teens
The Criminalization of Blackness 
The Prison-industrial Complex
The Emotional Work of Social Justice

Please note: these talks will be be hosted via Zoom and will be password protected, with registrants receiving a direct email with the password the day before the event.

Educators, students, and readers of all ages can share in the conversation by reistering for the event here: Eventbrite registration link Educators have been provided with an educator guide to provide context for their students.

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Punching the Air Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062996480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

Instant New York Times bestseller! From award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo. 

The story that I thought

was my life

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