Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, read by Ethan Herisse
A Gripping, Powerful Audiobook for Teens and Adults
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Ethan Herisse narrates Punching the Air, a poignant novel in verse, with a soft, slow, and somber tone, conveying all the intense emotions of Amal, a teenage boy who was wrongly incarcerated. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed about this powerful audiobook, co-written by author Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Five. Both poets’ brilliance shines in every line, and as the verses build and deepen, Herisse increases the earnestness of Amal’s journey to hold onto hope.
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