Weekend Pick September 1, 2023
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As we enter the month of September, we welcome our guest contributor Crystal Perkins. Crystal Perkins is an avid reader who worked in bookstores for over a decade. She has won national bookseller awards as well as the Clark County School Librarians Association Community Advocate Award. When she’s not reading, she helps coordinate panels for the Las Vegas Book Festival and writes books for adults (and sometimes teens).
We are so excited to explore your book picks this month. Thank you, Crystal!
Means. Motive. Murder…but why are these specific boys being targeted in the murder of their principal? Is it the color of their skin, their backgrounds, or is it simply they were in the wrong place at the wrong time?
I love a good mystery, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout this one. J.B.,Trey, and Ramon are compelling and real characters, who you are rooting for and also wanting to hug and encourage. Then again, maybe one of them did do it..or not (I’m not telling).
They are not only dealing with being accused of murder, but dealing with their lives as well. The book gives a heartbreaking look at current social justice issues as well as the charter school system, and humanizes them in a way that cannot adequately be described.
Yet, at its heart, it’s a brilliant mystery as well. Told from different perspectives, with different people giving and taking information, it keeps a fast pace, where you simply cannot put it down. I (and you) just need to know what happens. I really am not going to spoil it for you. Instead, I’m going to encourage you to grab a copy, and tell everyone your weekend is booked!
I met Nick Brooks at the Tucson Book Festival this year. I saw him on a panel, and immediately bought his book to get signed. Nick is such an intelligent and awesome person, and that comes through in his writing. As you can see from my selfie, my arms are short and I was clearly lacking in getting the full book in the shot, so I’m adding in the full cover here, because it is stunning.