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Anger Is a Gift

by Mark Oshiro

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Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
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    May 2018, 464 pages

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Michelle Anya Anjirbag

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When tensions hit a fever pitch, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

It is no secret that contemporary young adult literature has been becoming more political, addressing the real problems and challenges faced by teenagers in the United States today. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro is a welcome addition to the contemporary YA oeuvre, taking readers inside a brutal reality that too many young people today know well. It is a narrative about intergenerational trauma, about hope, and about finding strength in one's family and community, executed in a way that will keep readers turning the page.

Moss Jeffries knows that bad things can happen. A high schooler in Oakland, California, he is still struggling to deal with the loss of his father six years prior at the hands of a policeman too quick to pull the trigger. As the violence in his community continues, Moss deals with panic attacks and self-doubt, trying to stay below the radar and enjoy the new ...

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