Punching the Air
Why this book?
In this collaborative novel-in-verse, veteran and award-winning Haitian-American author Ibi Zoboi teams up with Yusef Salaam, one of the five Black teenaged boys who were wrongfully convicted of murder in Central Park a decade earlier—a story documented in Ken Burns’ The Central Park Five. Whereas the story about Amal is fiction, it follows Salaam’s experience and how he came to write poetry while in prison in order to help heal his anger and frustration at the injustice to which he fell victim. The two authors’ lyrical writing is powerful.