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Stewart, Melissa.
CAN AN AARDVARK BARK?
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1481458523

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Starr is straddling two worlds.  There is the black girl who lives in a poor black neighborhood with drugs and gang shootings. But during the day, she attends a fancy private school.  When she attends a party in the hood, things go terribly wrong.  There is a shooting and Starr and her friend Khalil leave to avoid the hassle.  On the way home, they are stopped by a policeman.  Starr remembers the rules her father told her -- be polite, keep your hands in sight, don't make any sudden moves.  But Khalil makes the mistake of questioning the police officer.  When Khalil looks back in the car to be sure Starr is OK, he is shot in the back of the head.  Now there are riots and lawyers and the grand jury.  Starr is the only witness and must come to terms with the fact that what she says can change the lives of so many people.  It could also end her's.

SUBJECTS:     Police shootings -- Fiction.
                        Race relations -- Fiction.
                        Racism -- Fiction.


 
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