What Lane?

What Lane? Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 2 hours and 35 minutes
Author Torrey Maldonado
Narrator Torrey Maldonado
Audible.in Release Date 14 April 2020
Publisher Listening Library
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B081296N44

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Robert Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on 23 April 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Lane? A must read for grades 5+
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 23 May 2020
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Sharon Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun middle grade book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun middle grade book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 18 November 2021
"We can't do everything our white friends can. You have to think twice before you act once."

What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado is a coming of age middle grade story about being Black, brown or mixed and the ways that Black and brown boys have to navigate the world through the perceptions of their identities. Stephen uses the concept of "lanes" as a metaphor to explain how he navigates the world between two identities, how he swerves through life trying to avoid the racism spewed his way and to avoid the trappings of being put in the box that the world assigns to Black and Brown people.

I really related to Stephen's inner struggles, the struggle to be seen as human not just a color, the struggle to maintain his innocence in a world that doesn't see Black and brown kids as children, the struggle to use his voice and the struggle to not be enough of either identity. A lot of my life even today has been spent navigating multiple worlds and trying to find my place in it. Learning how to use your voice as a Black or brown person is always a challenge because of the fear that you will be met with violence or even lose your life. The story helps you see how Black and brown kids are forced to grow up way before they need to as a survival skill. He also shows how parenting styles recreate oppressive systems. Torrey also shows us that it shouldn't be our sole responsibility to dismantle the racism we didn't create.

Torrey really does a good job of presenting some heavy themes in a lighthearted and relatable way. I loved that this story was oozing with NYC flavor, especially Brooklyn slang. The conversations Stephen had with his dad were so similar to conversations I've had to have with my own children. I really loved this story and what it had to say about the importance of kids being given the tools and information they need in order to make their own decisions and find their voices. I also loved that it showed the importance of having a solid support network at home and in school. This book would be great for educators and any adult wanting to explore conversations about racism and identity with youth.
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Jessica L. Bock
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story of heartbreaking times we live in...for ALL Kids, Grades 5+
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 20 June 2020
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Concerned Parent
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Racist Mindless Drivel
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 5 December 2020
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