Author Torrey Maldonado presents his new middle grade novel, What Lane?
Greenlight Bookstore is thrilled to welcome the critically acclaimed author of TIGHT, Torrey Maldonado, for a virtual presentation of his new middle grade novel, WHAT LANE? This coming-of-age story set in Brooklyn, NY follows Stephen, a mixed-race sixth grade boy who's tired of hearing "stay in your lane" and being told where he belongs. In this insightful novel, Maldonado skillfully tackles topics including racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement for middle graders with authenticity and sensitivity.
Day by day, Stephen notices more and more that he's treated differently than his white friends—from microaggressions to obvious racism. What Lane? is a journey for readers of self-discovery and learning what honest, accountable friendships look like. Maldonado includes real-life headlines in this story that help Stephen in his journey to building a strong, positive racial identity as well as aligning himself with better allies.
Greenlight invites kids, classrooms, and families to join Torrey for a reading, discussion, and moderated Q+A about his inspiration and process, along with the themes and realities represented in his powerful new book.
Please note: registration is required in order to log into this virtual event.
Families can buy the book to ship right to their home in advance of the event or afterwards at https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9780525518433
Use coupon code WHATLANE to take 15% off your purchase of the book before July 16!