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As a black man and a white man, both writers and educators, we came together to co-write a book about how systemic racism and police brutality affect the lives of young people in America, in order to create an important, unique, and honest work that would give young people and the people who educate them a tool for having these difficult but absolutely vital conversations.

—Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, their country bitterly divided by racial tension.


“At once timely and timeless, funny and wickedly smart, All American Boys is a beautifully written narrative about…about so many things—but most importantly—what it means to be a young man in America—across lines of race—and what it means to be a GOOD person in America—across lines of Everything.”

—Jacqueline Woodson,
author of Brown Girl Dreaming, winner of the National Book Award

“A first-rate exploration of one of the most important issues of the day: police brutality. But this is more than just a timely issue novel. Reynolds and Kiely have produced a layered, thoughtful, literary work of art.”

—Matt de la Peña,
author of Mexican WhiteBoy, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults

“This life-changing, nation-changing book is written with fire and love and courage. Read it, weep, and then share its power with everyone you know.”

—Laurie Halse Anderson,
author of Speak, a National Book Award Finalist
press & media Coverage
TODAY with Hoda & Jenna – June 2, 2020
How To Speak To Kids About Race Relations In America
NBCNews.com interview – nov 3, 2015
New Novel All American Boys Gets Students Talking About Race
ABC 8 (WFAA Dallas)/Good Morning Texas – oct 21, 2015
Meet the Co-Authors of All American Boys
msnbc.com interview – nov 3, 2015
New novel promotes conversations about race
educator & librarian resources
Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely answer your questions.
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on writing together
on writing tough stuff
on how you can help
on race in America
on making a difference
Reading Group
This reproducible guide includes discussion questions, writing prompts, and research topics.
About the authors


Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.


Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City. Tradition is his fourth novel.

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