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Russell Boudreaux is a black football player who has spent his entire life working toward a singular goal: to be recruited by a Division I football program, and eventually make his way to the NFL, until a series of racial injustices causes Russell to question the price of staying silent. (Young Adult Contemporary, Hate U Give meets Friday Night Lights.)


"A must read. 10/10.”

—Broderick Hunter, actor, model, and activist

"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

"This is “Friday Night Lights” for the Black Lives Matter era: an intense and unflinching look at how racism curdles lives in a small Louisiana town. You’ll blaze through it with your heart in your mouth and your fist in the air. Silence is violence, and this book is a rallying cry for justice."

—Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

"Unflinching and compelling, Candace Buford turns a bright spotlight on the unjust world we live in. With Kneel, she is claiming space as a powerful new voice, loudly reminding us that silence is violence. Readers will be galvanized by this beautiful book's message."

—Annette Christie, author of The Rehearsals and Love Lessons

“Readers will be on the edge of their seats... Buford has created relatable characters who will resonate with readers.”

—School Library Journal

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