TIMELY TOPIC: Since July 2016, President Duterte’s war on drugs has been responsible for the death of more than 20,000 people according to some estimates, including minors, which makes a book that tackles these killings especially important.
There are no widely available YA novels about the Philippines’ war on drugs currently being sold. This book FILLS AN IMPORTANT GAP.
PERFECT FOR YA READERS WITH A PASSION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: Author Randy Ribay explores themes of justice, race, and class with depth and nuance. School Library Journal said his debut novel, After the Shot Drops, “belongs on the shelf alongside contemporary heavy-hitters like Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds’s All-American Boys, and Nic Stone’s Dear Martin.”
Jay grapples with IMMIGRANT, BIRACIAL, and RELIGIOUS IDENTITY, making him a character many readers will connect to as they explore their own identities.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR PERFECT FOR SCHOOL VISITS: After the Shot Drops garnered three starred reviews. Randy’s experience as a high school English teacher and his own family’s connection to the Philippines make him a smart choice for thoughtful classroom discussions.
An honest look at ADDICTION ACROSS CULTURES.
AN ENGROSSING PAGE-TURNER: Jay’s first person narrative is peppered with Jun’s haunting letters, adding tension that will hook readers from the start.
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: Fulfills Kokila’s mission of centering stories from the margins, celebrating the full range of authors’ experiences, and answering the call for more diverse children’s literature.
PRAISE FOR AFTER THE SHOT DROPS:
* “A well-executed book featuring complex, diverse characters we rarely meet—a real winner for its heartbeat, compassion, and integrity.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “A must-have for YA shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review
* “This layered and emotionally rich story gracefully captures its protagonists’ external pressures and inner conflicts.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review
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