Kneel by Buford, Candace
Candace Buford

Kneel -- Candace Buford

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"A must read. 10/10." --Broderick Hunter, actor, model, and activist

This fearless debut novel explores racism, injustice, and self-expression through the story of a promising Black football star in Louisiana.

The system is rigged.

For guys like Russell Boudreaux, football is the only way out of their small town. As the team's varsity tight end, Rus has a singular goal: to get a scholarship and play on the national stage. But when his best friend is unfairly arrested and kicked off the team, Rus faces an impossible choice: speak up or live in fear.

"Please rise for the national anthem."

Desperate for change, Rus kneels during the national anthem. In one instant, he falls from local stardom and becomes a target for hatred. But he's not alone. With the help of his best friend and an unlikely ally, Rus will fight for his dreams, and for justice.

"A gripping story about what it looks like when we demand equity, justice, and recognition of our own humanity." --Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella Is Dead

Author: Candace Buford
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: 09/14/2021
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 8.55h x 5.84w x 1.07d
ISBN: 9781335402516
Age Range: 13-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.2
Point Value: 12
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 513809 / Kneel

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2021
School Library Journal 09/01/2021 pg. 100
Booklist 09/01/2021 pg. 66