All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
A Conversation with Brendan Kiely
We were fortunate to have the opportunity for a conversation with Brendan Kiely, co-author All-American Boys in September.
Mr. Kiely discussed his own introduction to the book, the inspiration for writing it, how he met Jason Reynolds (the second author). He framed the discussion with anecdotes from his own life. In addition, homerooms gathered for small group discussions.
Please stay tuned for more events this school year inspired by our Community Read.
All American Boys
It's time for summer reading, and it's not just for students anymore! This year Cheverus' summer reading program is open to alumni and parents. The book that is on every Cheverian's summer reading list is All American Boys.
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.
In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
We believe the book presents a realistic and balanced message about how racism impacts all of our lives, and we think you will find it to be a very engaging summer read.
The school will be hosting several events in the coming year that are based on the book. Alumni and parents are cordially invited to participate in these events.
Summer reading has been a long tradition at Cheverus, but an ever-evolving one. This is the sixth year that we have selected a book to be read over the summer by the entire community. Each one has been picked by a different department on a rotating basis. All American Boys was chosen by our Equity and Inclusion Team. Craig and Fred was the History Department's selection in 2019. Other recent community-wide reads have included Salt to the Sea, Station Eleven, Parched and One Goal. Having everyone in the school community read the same book and share their reflections about that common experience builds community and mutual understanding. This year's selection will be the undergirding for school-wide discussions on the issue of racism.