Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker

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He couldn’t listen to music or talk on the phone without her jumping all over him about what they listened to up in Maine, or how they talked up in Maine, or how he better not go up to Maine and start acting ghetto.


Anthony’s mother didn’t even know where it was until he’d shown it to her on a map, but that still didn’t stop her from acting like she was born there.

Anthony “Ant” Jones has never been outside his rough East Cleveland neighborhood when he’s given a scholarship to Belton Academy, an elite prep school in Maine.But at Belton things are far from perfect. Everyone calls him “Tony,” assumes he’s from Brooklyn, expects him to play basketball, and yet acts shocked when he fights back.

As Anthony tries to adapt to a world that will never fully accept him, he’s in for a rude awakening: Home is becoming a place where he no longer belongs.

In debut author Brian F. Walker’s hard-hitting novel about staying true to yourself, Anthony might find a way to survive at Belton, but what will it cost him?


About Brian F. Walker

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Brian F. Walker grew up in East Cleveland and now teaches, coaches basketball, and works in admissions at a prep school. He recently won a grant for fiction writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Brian lives in Massachusetts with his family.
Published January 3, 2012 by HarperTeen. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Life at a Maine boarding school is vastly different from an inner-city neighborhood in East Cleveland, Ohio, and requires a corresponding set of survival skills for a young black male.

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Walker’s powerful debut never shies from violence (often stark), as it follows 14-year-old Anthony, aka “Ant,” from his poor East Cleveland neighborhood to preppy Belton Academy in Maine, exploring issues of racial identity and class.

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No matter your race or background, you likely will find something to identify with, some idea that challenges your thinking, and something you’ve never thought about before.Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez on March 12, 2012 Black Boy White Schoolby Brian F.

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Ant grew up in a black community, so going to school in a majority white school has Ant questioning many things about race, who he is, and who he wants to be.

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