I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

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Read I Am Alfonso Jones Online Free - Alfonso Jones can’t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school’s hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.

When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he’s on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world. Meanwhile, Alfonso’s family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.

In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.

Foreword by Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy

Title : I Am Alfonso Jones
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ISBN : 1620142635
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 168 pages


Kate rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

Required purchase for high school libraries, and this quote from the book, spoken by Alfonso's mother, is the exact reason why: "Had that damn security guard cop, Officer Whitson, went to a school whose books reflected a broader reality than his narrow lily-white mind - had movies, TV, whatever, r...

Erica rated it ★★★☆☆

November 16, 2017

There are better (*cough*The Hate U Give*cough*) #blacklivesmatter books for young adults but this one will appeal to those who like a faster, less emotional, more action-based read. The art isn't for me, it's done in that caricature style you see at street fairs and malls but, again, it's going t...

Were rated it ★★★☆☆

February 22, 2018

3.5 What makes this graphic novel great-- a NEED to talk about how Black Live Matter is a tipping point movement, that has been created over the past century. Because the murder of unarmed Black people by police has been going on for decades. Because Black Lives also matter when they are wasting a...

Russell rated it ★★★★★

September 07, 2017

The public’s current awareness of dubious law enforcement killings of black Americans seems to date from Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, and the rise of Black Lives Matter in the ensuing protests. Medina’s story synthesizes the details of about a half-dozen of these tragedies into th...

Trina rated it ★★★☆☆

November 08, 2017

It's so hard for me to score GN's high, but it is really well done. I would suggest reading it in conjunction with The Hate U Give and Dear Martin.

Brittany rated it ★★★★★

November 06, 2017

I am Alfonso Jones should be required reading for all. ALL. I put the book down after reading and cried. My heart hurts from this world and this story is full of all of the emotions I, as a person of color, go through when it comes to what’s happening to us. The police brutality against brown peo...

Molly rated it ★★★★☆

November 05, 2017

A graphic novel about Alfonso Jones, a young black teen gunned down in a department story when the hanger he was holding was mistaken for a gun. A story that at first glance to some seems ludicrous, buuuuut we have all seen the news reports and police brutality in our nation. Alfonso is now on a...

Erin rated it ★★★☆☆

March 11, 2018

A brilliant and harrowing concept. The lyrical take on Hamlet as framing the complexities of this issue into a narrative and creating the afterlife train as a sort of Dickensian device were brilliant. Some of the illustration styles and text layout were confusing and made this a little hard to fo...

Tracey rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2018

This young adult graphic novel is about a black teen named Alfonso Jones who is killed by a police officer. He’s killed because the officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun. There are very short chapters that follow Jones as he tries to make sense of why he was killed and as he follows his fam...

Chelsey rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2018

A vital subject that I struggled through, not because of the emotional impact, but because I was frequently confused by the manner of storytelling. I wanted to like this more.

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