The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Written by Dashka Slater

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act changed everything.

Age Range 12 - 17 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Grade Level 7th - 12th
Lexile 930