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Dear Martin

Nic Stone

In her debut, Stone explores an African-American student’s intense feelings of displacement in his predominantly white high school. Senior Justyce McAllister has a full-scholarship to a prestigious prep school where he's one of only eight African-American students. He knows that a good education will give him more economic opportunities, but Justyce begins to question the effects the private school is having on his identity. He becomes acutely aware of racial profiling after he’s handcuffed by the police while trying to help his inebriated ex-girlfriend and is pushed to the brink of despair when his best friend is fatally shot by an off-duty officer. Justyce withdraws from friends and family, only finding solace in the life and writings of Martin Luther King Jr. who provides him with direction, inspiration, and therapy.