Strong debut with fantastic message

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This book is really powerful in sharing the black immigrant experience in a private white school. Gil is a new student starting as a senior to work with the robotics team. He was targeted by a popular white football player who calls him a word….you can guess which word. The administration doesn’t listen to him and he starts a campaign based on The Art of War. As a teenager he makes many mistakes along the way and while frustrating they felt authentic to his age and his background. I enjoyed getting to know Gil and his neighborhood friends as well as his new friends at his school. I can see this book really resonating for black students, especially in today’s political climate. It would be a great read to give white teenagers some perspectives of what life is like for students in their school or neighborhood. I especially liked the focus on micro aggressions.