Come Home Safe by Brian Buckmire

A gripping YA novel perfect for anyone looking to better understand the sociopolitical climate in America today!

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We don't have much first-hand experience with racial struggles around here, but we love people who do, so I was thankful when this title turned up for review:

The moment this story's conflict began, Gv and I looked at each other, wide-eyed, and then proceeded to have a conversation about how different life truly is for people of color.

The immediate topic was how important it is for those families to have "the talk" and what it means to be a teenager in our times.

Aside from educating families like ours to the struggles that so many friends face, author Brian Buckmire has crafted a story that looks the reality of police brutality in the eye and still manages to come away with hope.

The story centers around biracial siblings Reed and Olive as they face the truths and pains of being a person of color, the importance of knowing their rights, and how to foster conversations about change and acceptance.

This read will keep you on the edge of your seat as each teen asks what he or she can and should do to get home safe.

Written by ABC News legal analyst and NYC Legal Aid Society public defender Brian Buckmire, this story draws from the real-life advice, lessons, and conversations with attorneys, law enforcement, and the wrongfully accused to help turn the whispers and family discussions about racial inequality and mistreatment into wider conversations, healing, and one day, change.

The book is perfect for not just black, brown, or marginalized families, but anyone interested in learning more about social justice, societal change, and navigating police brutality--and it will definitely help start a conversation about politics and racism with your kids.

Scoop up a copy of this title here and allow this engaging novel to help your family understand a bit more about these difficult topics of our times!

Have you discovered any other books that approach this topic in an engaging and positive way? I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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