RSVP for Boogie Down Book Club on February 16
Join us over lunch for a lively discussion of Nic Stone's YA novel DEAR MARTIN:

Saturday, February 16
Mottley Kitchen
402 E. 140 St. @ Willis Ave., Mott Haven, South Bronx

* Free and open to the public
* YA readers of all ages welcome
* RSVP required
* Space limited
* No purchase necessary
* Food and beverages available for sale from Mottley Kitchen

Keep reading for more information about the book, the author, and our book club, and scroll down to RSVP. Any questions? Visit us at or email us at

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About the Book
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

About the Author
Nic Stone is a native of Atlanta and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents—and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result—Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.

You can find her fangirling over her husband and sons on Twitter and Instagram at @getnicced or on her website
Where to Find the Book
No purchase is necessary, and DEAR MARTIN is currently available at libraries city-wide (

It's also available at the Boogie Down Books pop-up bookshop at Mottley Kitchen as well as our online store:

If you do choose to buy from Boogie Down Books, you're supporting a new small business that's bringing more books to kids in the Bronx, a community without a children's bookstore for its 600,000 residents under the age of 18. Your purchase will support people, not algorithms. Thank you for helping us promote youth and community literacy in the Bronx!

About Boogie Down Book Club
Boogie Down Book Club is a Bronx-based book club for teens and adults who love young adult literature. We read recently released books that appeal to YA readers of all ages and that are reflective of the backgrounds, experiences, and identities of our community. We seek to promote empathy, understanding, and a lifelong love of reading by bringing together teens and adults from varied walks of life around a shared passion for books.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:30am at Mottley Kitchen. Meetings are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required and space is limited.

Unless otherwise noted, authors will not be joining us.

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