Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, Read by Dion Graham
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Powerhouse author and narrator duo Nic Stone and Dion Graham return to create a moving and hopeful audiobook with Dear Justyce, a companion to Stone’s debut, Dear Martin. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss a beautifully delivered audiobook that is centered around 16-year-old Quan, a Black boy wrongly incarcerated in a juvenile detention center. Stone narrates her author’s note that frames her story and tells of her inspiration—teens she met who didn’t have the opportunities that her first book’s hero, Justyce, had. The audiobook is told in part through Quan’s letters to his childhood friend Justyce. Graham captures Quan’s plight in an unjust criminal system and the brightness and wit that thrive when he finds support.
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