How to Be a (Young) Antiracist (Paperback)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that sparked international dialogue is now a book for young adults! Based on the adult bestseller by Ibram X. Kendi, and co-authored by bestselling author Nic Stone, How to be a (Young) Antiracist will serve as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice.
The New York Times bestseller How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi is shaping the way a generation thinks about race and racism. How to be a (Young) Antiracist is a dynamic reframing of the concepts shared in the adult book, with young adulthood front and center. Aimed at readers 12 and up, and co-authored by award-winning children's book author Nic Stone, How to be a (Young) Antiracist empowers teen readers to help create a more just society. Antiracism is a journey--and now young adults will have a map to carve their own path. Kendi and Stone have revised this work to provide anecdotes and data that speaks directly to the experiences and concerns of younger readers, encouraging them to think critically and build a more equitable world in doing so.
About the Author
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which was remixed for young adult readers by Jason Reynolds into Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, and adapted into a graphic novel by cartoonist Joel Christian Gill. Dr. Kendi was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “Genius Grant.” Find Dr. Kendi online @ibramxk on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Clean Getaway, the 2020 NPR Best Book of the Year selection Dear Justyce (a sequel to Dear Martin), the Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection Odd One Out, Jackpot, and Shuri: A Black Panther Novel. She is one of the authors in the New York Times bestselling book Blackout, recently optioned for as a new anthology program for Netflix by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. Find her online at nicstone.info or @nicstone.
★"Heartbreaking, soaring, fulfilling, a deep-dive, this should be canon in high school classrooms and reprinted in pocket-size format for carrying around." –School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
★"This important book is sure to inspire in those who do listen, investigate, and reflect on “that dastardly villain racism,”much welcome discussion and debate both in and out of the classroom. It’s essential reading." –Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"...a notably effective adaptation. Successfully broadens the reach of the original to a younger audience." —Kirkus Reviews
"...an incredibly accessible read geared to teens... guided by Stone's energetic narration; kids will definitely see themselves in his [Kendi's] journey." — The Boston Globe
"The young person's version gives teens the tools they need to create a more just society and encourages them to undo some of the damage created by generations before them." — The Root
"Attention to gender, sexuality, class, and honest self-critique makes for an ambitiously inclusive addition to a growing booklist of youth-oriented racial equity work, but the concluding four c’s of changemaking—cogency, compassion, creativity, collaboration—are on full display here in a standout text." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] book that illuminate[s] how each of us are gradually drafted into the thinking, the lies and distorted truths which can render a person unable or at least unwilling to challenge the systems and practices which masquerade as normal, as functional and fair. In reality, many of those systems drive and sustain vast inequality along with pervasive belief in group inferiority or superiority. [A] book that seems to want to equip young people living now, in the midst of surround-sound injustice, open and almost gleeful bigotry – in public and in private – with the language and the skills to recognize they too have been drafted. Then it calls on them to decide if, where, and how they will revolt against that system." —Time Magazine
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