Many different voices tell the story of how Tariq Johnson, a black sixteen year old, was shot by Jack Franklin, a white bystander. Tariq had been in a grocery store on an errand and came out holding a Snickers candy bar in the sleeve of his hoodie. Some onlookers say he was holding a gun. The city gang, 8-5 Kings, give their take on what happened. An important element of the book is how Tariq’s friends, family, and neighbors go on with their shattered lives.
the fault in our stars is an amazing story told in the point of view of 16 year old Hazel Grace Landcaster. she is a stage 4 cancer patient who has had it since she was 13. for hazel, life was a drag. she never left the house, and had read the same novel, an imperial afilction, dozens of times.
Jack and Early head off into the Maine wilderness on a quest to find a huge bear. And some other things, too, including Early's dead brother. There are a million coincidences and everything ties together quite cleverly in the end.
Things are changing in the Gaither household. After soaking up a "power to the people" mind-set over the summer, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return to Brooklyn with a new streak of independence. Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam, but he's not the same. And a new singing group called the Jackson Five has the girls seeing stars.