Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro welcomes readers to Moss’ life in the vibrant, passionate community of Oakland, whose youth are determined to fight against injustice.
Moss has easily become one of my favorite protagonists. Whether he’s using his fondest memories as a weapon to fight off the overwhelming anxiety he’s faced since his father’s murder or digging deep to find the voice he’s always had and rally a community anxious for change, he’ll have you rooting for him in every chapter. Police brutality is an ever present evil in communities across this country, and while Moss and his loved ones’ hardships hurt to read about in a way that I can’t even explain, the way that they’re constantly leaning on and uplifting one another and refusing to give in is a light in the darkness.
This fiction is a crystal clear reflection of hundreds of stories, of faces that I can picture even as I type these words. The most beautiful part of it all is the fact that young people, often underestimated, always have and will be the fiercest voices in the crowd, leading the charge as they demand better days.
“It’s gonna get ugly soon. But I got you. I promise you.”
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 by their own school…
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