The 57 Bus


By: Dashka Slater

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white, agender-identified teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes on the 57 bus. In a moment that changed both of their lives forever, a reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard facing life imprisonment after being charged with two hate crimes. This book delves under the surface, exploring the lives and experiences of these two teens before and after this pivotal moment in both of their lives.