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“A stellar, hauntingly beautiful narrative.”
—Kirkus Reviews  (Starred Review)


Written by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Punk rock–loving JJ Pankowski can’t seem to fit in at his new school in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as one of the only white kids. Pie Velez, a math and history geek by day and graffiti artist by night is eager to follow in his idol Jean-Michel Basquiat’s footsteps. The boys stumble into an unlikely friendship, swapping notes on their love of music and art, which sees them through a difficult semester at school and at home. But a run-in with the cops threatens to unravel it all.

Primary ISBN: 9780374314378
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older

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Setting: United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Unknown Arrival

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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