Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends
A Quaker Community in Medford, New Jersey

Library committee has added three new books!

Public ContentAnyone can view this post
Punching the Air Ibi Zoboi (Author) Yusef Salaam (Author)

Library committee has added three new requested books: 

Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change by John Lewis. (social justice section)

 His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by historian Jon Meacham. (social justice section)  

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, a young adult verse novel about a wrongly incarcerated teen.  (youth section, suitable for grade eight through adult). All three books were purchased through, which is a community bookstore and coffee shop in Germantown.


Instant New York Times bestseller From award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo.

The story that I thought

was my life

didn't start on the day

I was born

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. "Boys just being boys" turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

The story that I think

will be my life

starts today

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.