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I am Alfonso Jones /

by Medina, Tony [author.]; Robinson, Stacey [illustrator.]; Jennings, John [illustrator.]; Stevenson, Bryan [author of introduction.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books Inc., [2017]Edition: First edition.Description: 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781620142639; 1620142635.Subject(s): Black lives matter movement -- Juvenile fiction | Graphic novels | Police shootings -- Fiction | Death -- Fiction | Ghosts -- Fiction | Justice -- Fiction | Black lives matter movement -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction | Black lives matter movement -- Comic books, strips, etc | Police shootings -- Comic books, strips, etc | Teenagers, Black -- Death -- Comic books, strips, etc | Ghosts -- Comic books, strips, etc | Justice -- Comic books, strips, etc | New York (N.Y.) -- Comic books, strips, etc | Comics (Graphic works) | Graphic novels | Graphic novels | Fiction | Graphic novels | Juvenile worksSummary: The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Alfonso Jones can't wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school's hip-hop rendition of theclassic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he reallyfeels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clotheshanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he's on a ghost train guided by well-known victimsof police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritualworld. Meanwhile, Alfonso's family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice forAlfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he lovesrealize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black LivesMatter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak'and the living yield even more surprises.

The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.

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Library Journal Review

The creative team of Medina (Love to Langston), Jennings (The Blacker the Ink; Kindred), and Robinson (graphic design, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Black Kirby) tell the story of Alfonso Jones, a bright, energetic teen excitedly anticipating a starring role in his school's performance of Hamlet and the homecoming of his wrongfully imprisoned, recently exonerated father. When Alfonso crosses paths with an off-duty police officer who mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, the officer opens fire, taking Alfonso's life. What follows is a powerful examination of grief, rage, and the responsibility that the living owe the dead, as Alfonso finds himself ferried through the afterlife on a ghostly train peopled with past victims of wrongful shooting deaths, and his friends, family, and community attempt to make sense of his tragic demise. A proclivity for crowding scenes with an overwhelming amount of dialog and narration that occasionally read as slightly more essayistic than as natural reactions to these terrible events robs some scenes of their power. But, overall, this groundbreaking and timely story should be read by all, especially those interested in the Black Lives Matter movement and the complicated relationship between the police and those they serve. Verdict A deeply felt and absolutely necessary story that humanizes characters too often relegated to statistics and headlines; sure to spark strong responses and debate among readers.-Tom Batten, Grafton, VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In the afterlife, African American fifteen-year-old Alfonso meets "Ancestors" who, like him, were killed by white police officers. Medina's emotional narrative starts tightly, with the illustrators' black-and-white visuals zoomed in closely on a single spiraling bullet; the story expands, exploring Alfonso's life and bringing his death and those that survive him steadily into view. This emotional graphic novel avoids contrived solutions and false senses of closure. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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