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Moss sees his school crumbling around him. He and his friends start to question why moneyis being spent on an increased police presence and metal detectors when they are forced to read xeroxed textbooks because there aren't enough to go around. My first contender for book of the year! The way Oshiro can switch between the horrors of police brutality to the sheer joy and excitement of a first crush is incredible.— John
A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media' s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.
Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.
When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.