Alfonso can't wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school's hip-hop rendition of the classic play. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer misatkes a clothes hanger for a gun and shoots Alfoso. When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he's on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world. Meanwhile, Alfonso's family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets.
|Product dimensions:||6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Tony Medina is the author of six beloved books for young readers, as well as multiple volumes of poetry for adults. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and a professor of creative writing at Howard University, Dr. Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
Stacey Robinson is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois and an Arthur Schomburg Fellow with an MFA from the University at Buffalo. As part of the collaborative team "Black Kirby" with John Jennings, he creates graphic novels, gallery exhibitions, and lectures that deconstruct the work of artist Jack Kirby to re-imagine Black resistance spaces inspired by hip-hop, religion, the arts, and sciences. Robinson lives in Illinois.
John Jennings co-edited the Eisner-nominated anthology The Blacker the Ink and illustrated the New York Times bestselling graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. He is a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside, and the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship at Harvard's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. Jennings lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is for every young person touched by the loss of a friend in their prime. It's rich in visual content and surpassed in written word. When you're represented, the validation feeds your soul. It's like a life fertilizer in a paperback book-thank you trees. I think the pivotal moment of seeing life before and after you die, will humble and change the perspective of every type of audience reading this graphic novel. I don't want to give away the story line...but the prolific history of black and brown leaders connecting to 21st century youngsters is priceless. There's poetry, history, artistry, authenticity and empowerment in this engaging read. I challenge a grandparent to read this with their grandchild. Connect the generations. Our elderly are living ancestors that connect the past with the future. What I loved most about this book is that ancestors have an influential role in reality and in the spiritual world...they speak to the living. This graphic novel is a window into history and a reflection of now-like roots regenerated!