A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression 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 their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift. This powerful audiobook is a must-listen for every American who places critical value on social justice.
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"Author Mark Oshiro, writer of the online universe Mark Does Stuff, narrates his powerful debut audiobook. The new school year has just begun, and the administration at West Oakland High has started treating Moss and his classmates like criminals. When the implementation of random locker searches and high-powered metal detectors leads to two students getting injured, Moss and his community organize a peaceful walkout in protest. A more professional-sounding narrator could have brought this audiobook to life by varying the voices of the delightfully diverse characters. Sadly, Oshiro's narration falls flat. Inconsistencies--such as changing the pronunciation of a character's name halfway through the audiobook-- could have been avoided to allow the story to shine. S.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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