Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Available At: Challenger Middle School, Chinook Trail Middle School, Discovery Canyon Campus Middle School, Liberty High School

Categories : Anti-Police, Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Sexual, Violence

Description: Sixteen-year-old gay African-American student Moss Jeffries feels stuck in his run-down West Oakland High School. Still mourning the death of his father, shot by police years earlier, a violent incident at his school prompts Moss to channel his simmering anger into community activism against a corrupt authority system.

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains anti-police rhetoric, drug abuse, LGBTQ topics, and violence.

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Page 97: Since she made it difficult for the school, with her name change and all that. I remember how hard Mr. Elliot fought against letting me use the girls’ lockers…I can’t imagine talking to Mr. Elliot or anyone about being nonbinary.

Page 120: He leaned forward and pressed his lips against Javier’s. They were soft, full, and as Moss tilted his head to the side, he felt Javier’s tongue gently run across his own lips, and then Javier’s hand moved to Moss’s leg.

Page 130: “Put her into a museum,” Moss said. “With a placard reading, ‘Cannot deal with bisexuals.’”

Page 227: “I don’t know,” Moss said, leaning into Javier. “Maybe you just wanted me for sex. We’re gay men. That’s not exactly an unbelievable suggestion.”

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