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Dear Justyce (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Read all the non-fiction about the school to prison pipeline. It's important to know the facts about what is happening to so many children of color in this moment, but to really understand, to feel the confusion, self-doubt, crushing anger, the debilitating pain of what it means to try so hard and be constantly told it is not enough, that you are not enough, read Dear Justyce. We met Quan in Dear Martin, but in this book we come to know his struggles and the unrelenting racism that narrows his choices until the thin line he walks leads to incarceration. But hope lives in these pages as well, in believing in people we have been told to discard. Through her beautiful, powerful writing, Stone grants you access to Quan's world; open your heart and destroy this pipeline.

— From Linda's Kids Picks


The stunning sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. Incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas.

In the highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller, Nic Stone delivers an unflinching look into the flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system.

Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, though, Justyce walks the illustrious halls of Yale University . . . and Quan sits behind bars at the Fulton Regional Youth Detention Center.

Through a series of flashbacks, vignettes, and letters to Justyce--the protagonist of Dear Martin--Quan's story takes form. Troubles at home and misunderstandings at school give rise to police encounters and tough decisions. But then there's a dead cop and a weapon with Quan's prints on it. What leads a bright kid down a road to a murder charge? Not even Quan is sure.

"A powerful, raw, must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system." -Kirkus, Starred Review

About the Author

Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for several years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Nic's debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a New York Times bestseller and William C. Morris Award finalist. She is also the author of the teen titles Odd One Out, a novel about discovering oneself and who it is okay to love, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, and Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality.

Clean Getaway, Nic's first middle-grade novel, deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and facing the humanity of our heroes. She lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family. Find her online at or @nicstone.

Praise For…

A powerful, raw, must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This book expands the conversation about systemic racism to include young men of color who don’t fit the demands of respectability politics.... A nuanced perspective on the juvenile justice system." —SLJ

“Nic Stone's layered, painfully timely sequel about racism, police brutality, and incarceration will hit you hard.” —Hello Giggles

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984829665
ISBN-10: 1984829661
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 29th, 2020
Pages: 288