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Every Variable of Us

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After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her promising basketball career comes to a halt. At the urging of new Indian student (and crush?) Aamani, Alexis shifts her focus to the school’s STEM team in hopes of earning a college scholarship, but gains more than she could’ve imagined.

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After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her dreams of a college scholarship and pro basketball career vanish in an instant. To avoid becoming another Black teen trapped in her poverty-stricken neighborhood, she shifts her focus to the school’s STEM team, a group of self-professed nerds seeking their own college scholarships.

Academics have never been her thing, but Alexis is freshly motivated by Aamani Chakrabarti, the new Indian student who becomes her friend (and crush?). Alexis begins to see herself as so much more than an athlete. But just as her future starts to reform, Alexis’s own doubts and old loyalties pull her back into harm’s way.

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After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her dreams of a college scholarship and pro basketball career vanish in an instant. To avoid becoming another Black teen trapped in her poverty-stricken neighborhood, she shifts her focus to the school’s STEM team, a group of self-professed nerds seeking their own college scholarships. Academics have never been her thing, but Alexis is freshly motivated by Aamani Chakrabarti, the new Indian student who becomes her friend (and crush?). Alexis begins to see herself as so much more than an athlete. But just as her future starts to reform, Alexis’s own doubts and old loyalties pull her back into harm’s way.

Copyright: 2022
Page Count: 376
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Rights Territory: Worldwide
Categories: 
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty

Charles A. Bush was raised in Philadelphia, and attended Cabrini University before honing his craft at the University of Oxford. In addition to writing young adult novels, he played professional basketball overseas, spends far too much time obsessing over all things Marvel, has long run out of places to store his mountains of books, and dreams of someday debating literature with Rory Gilmore. Every Variable of Us is his first novel. You can follow him on Instagram (@Charles_A_Bush).

Reviews and Awards

“The author doesn’t shy away from showing truths about how poverty affects people, especially in Black communities . . . Raw and authentic.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Bush’s social realism combined with insightful representation will appeal strongly to teens ­eager to see themselves and their struggles represented accurately.” — School Library Journal

“[Charles A. Bush’s] characters, born of lived experience, are engaging and relatable. The book’s events and their repercussions are intense, the emotions are authentic, and the story’s conclusion is satisfying.” — Foreword Reviews

“Exceptionally well written, entertaining, and thought-provoking.” — Midwest Book Review

“This is a powerful story, well-written and heartfelt. Be sure to keep a hanky close by. Teachers have a lot of material to choose from for classroom discussions.” — Children’s Literature

2022 Moonbeam Awards Gold Medalist (Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues)

New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens for 2022

A 2023 In the Margins Book Awards Top Ten Title

Best Children’s Books of 2022 – Bank Street Children’s Book Committee

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