I Am Alfonso Jones

I Am Alfonso Jones

Tony Medina John Jennings Stacey Robinson / Aug 26, 2019

I Am Alfonso Jones Alfonso Jones can t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school s hip hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play He also wants to let his best friend Danetta know how he really feels about he

  • Title: I Am Alfonso Jones
  • Author: Tony Medina John Jennings Stacey Robinson
  • ISBN: 9781620142639
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alfonso Jones can t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school s hip hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her But as he is buying his first suit, an off duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he s on aAlfonso Jones can t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school s hip hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her But as he is buying his first suit, an off duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he s on a ghost train guided by well known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spiritual world Meanwhile, Alfonso s family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak and the living yield even surprises.Foreword by Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy

    I Am Alfonso Jones Tony I Am Alfonso Jones is a critical addition for all young adult classroom libraries Alfonso Jones is a character that students are able to relate to, and develop a relationship with even after his death. I Am Alfonso Jones Brings Powerful BLM Message Forbes Nov , I Am Alfonso Jones, a new graphic novel by Tony Medina with art by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, tells a tragic story as old as Shakespeare Alfonso Jones, a spirited teenager full of I Am Alfonso Jones Black Lives Matter Graphic Novel Book Trailer I Am Alfonso Jones Check out Tony Medina s article in the National Council of Teachers of English NCTE Journal, Language Arts , titled, Alfonso Jones Matters This is a personal narrative detailing Tony s construction of a protagonist for a graphic novel that captures the quest for justice at the heart of the Black Lives I Am Alfonso Jones Social Justice Books I Am Alfonso Jones provides young readers with a narrative that not only addresses the complexity and history of police brutality but also discusses climate change, gun control, the criminalization of Black males, the Black Lives Matter movement, youth activism, Afro Latinidad, and so much . I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina I Am Alfonso Jones stirred something in me and shook me It was a I am trying to read graphic novels because as a Middle School English teacher, I see graphic novels in I AM Alfonso Cuarn Roma I AM FILM Of course, I had all the support and help of Alfonso I am absolutely grateful about that It was a fantastic experience Roma feat Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, dir Alfonso Cuarn courtesy of Netflix. I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, John I Am Alfonso Jones out of based on ratings reviews Anonymous More than year ago This book is for every young person touched by the loss of a friend in their prime It s rich in visual content and surpassed in written word When you re represented, the validation feeds your soul. I Am Alfonso Jones Book Review Common Sense Media Oct , I Am Alfonso Jones mixes real life characters with a fictional cast of well defined individuals, including Alfonso, his mother, and his potential girlfriend Author Tony Medina and illustrators Stacey Robinson and John Jennings bring Harlem and its past and present residents vividly to life. Customer reviews I Am Alfonso Jones I Am Alfonso Jones is a critical addition for all young adult classroom libraries Alfonso Jones is a character that students are able to relate to, and develop a relationship with even after his death. I AM ALFONSO JONES Reading Group Choices I Am Alfonso Jones is a crucial part of the conversation and it demands to be heard Daniel Jos Older, author of Shadowshaper Medina, Robinson, and Jennings do for us what the ghosts do for Alfonso in their story.

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    1. Required purchase for high school libraries, and this quote from the book, spoken by Alfonso's mother, is the exact reason why:"Had that damn security guard cop, Officer Whitson, went to a school whose books reflected a broader reality than his narrow lily-white mind - had movies, TV, whatever, reflected that - - maybe he would have seen my son as a teenager, as a person, as a citizen, as an American, as a human"This graphic novel is a heartbreaking look at the Black Lives Matter movement and th [...]

    2. There are better (*cough*The Hate U Give*cough*) #blacklivesmatter books for young adults but this one will appeal to those who like a faster, less emotional, more action-based read.The art isn't for me, it's done in that caricature style you see at street fairs and malls but, again, it's going to charm plenty of others.Here's a #blacklivesmatter list from Hennepin County Library if you're interested in more books on this topic.

    3. 3.5What makes this graphic novel great-- a NEED to talk about how Black Live Matter is a tipping point movement, that has been created over the past century. Because the murder of unarmed Black people by police has been going on for decades. Because Black Lives also matter when they are wasting a way behind bars due to trumped up charges. Because before there were police there were lynch mobs, and before that there were patrols to catch runaway slaves. Medina clearly needed to infuse his story i [...]

    4. The public’s current awareness of dubious law enforcement killings of black Americans seems to date from Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, and the rise of Black Lives Matter in the ensuing protests. Medina’s story synthesizes the details of about a half-dozen of these tragedies into the vessel of Alfonso Jones, and uses the journeys of his shade to unlock a greater, longer, sadder history than most are aware of. Set to play Old Hamlet in a hip-hop inflected high school productio [...]

    5. It's so hard for me to score GN's high, but it is really well done. I would suggest reading it in conjunction with The Hate U Give and Dear Martin.

    6. I am Alfonso Jones should be required reading for all. ALL. I put the book down after reading and cried. My heart hurts from this world and this story is full of all of the emotions I, as a person of color, go through when it comes to what’s happening to us. The police brutality against brown people is senseless and disgusting and I hope this will become a required reading for those in the force and thinking about joining. We are human with dreams and aspirations and no one, NO ONE, deserves t [...]

    7. A graphic novel about Alfonso Jones, a young black teen gunned down in a department story when the hanger he was holding was mistaken for a gun. A story that at first glance to some seems ludicrous, buuuuut we have all seen the news reports and police brutality in our nation. Alfonso is now on a ghost train hearing the stories of other lives lost in the afterlife, while his friends and family seek justice in the present. The illustrations are gritty and add layers to this complex BLM story. I do [...]

    8. This young adult graphic novel is about a black teen named Alfonso Jones who is killed by a police officer. He’s killed because the officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun. There are very short chapters that follow Jones as he tries to make sense of why he was killed and as he follows his family and friends mourning his death. I found this book completely riveting. I only put it down once it was time to sleep. It’s a hard-hitting, first person account of police brutality. If you’re sen [...]

    9. This is just so good. It brings the events of the past to a younger audience and in true graphic novel style. In these types of novels it is more about showing, and the words need to have significance. There were so many fabulous touches by Medina by showing the history of famous people, the other ghosts, and the way the media manipulated the story. Tackling these really difficult and complex issues, Medina does a fabulous job of starting the conversation - a discussion about race, its history, [...]

    10. Gorgeous and heartbreaking. This work is so important, but I need a prequel so I can spend more time with Alfonso. This is not the crux of the narrative, but a lot of the commentary about schools and the way diverse representation is important for ALL students, ESPECIALLY white students living in a cultural bubble really stood out to me. Haven't cried so hard reading in awhile.

    11. A bleak and challenging read that I encourage everyone to read. Alfonso Jones is a fifteen-year-old student at Henry Dumas a private school in Harlem. After a day preparing for a hip-hop rendition of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Alfonso and his secret crush Danetta, head to a mid-town department store to purchase a suit. Alfonso’s first ever suit. His father, recently exonerated when new DNA evidence was presented in this case, is finally coming home. But during this happy shopping trip Alfonso is sh [...]

    12. What I liked about this book is that the author really goes for it, no holding back. The heartbreaking idea of Alfonso watching the chaos unfold from this train beyond is painful and pretty inspired. This is a true BLM story.Unfortunately, nothing really happens. There’s no plot. If you think of it in terms of traditional plot structure, there’s no real climax unless you consider Alfonso’s murder the climax, and it’s all falling action with no resolution. Also, I don’t know if I’m ju [...]

    13. Wow. A powerful read. I usually struggle with the GN format, but this message was perfectly presented using this style. I can't imagine this story in any other format, as it would have lost its impact. The artful illustration tells the story in a way that is gritty and real; I felt jolts of emotion throughout this book. I feel like I finally came away with a better understanding of Black Lives Matter. This book opened a window for me to better understand life experiences that are very different [...]

    14. Would be an excellent introduction to BLM for teens or adults who aren't reading The Hate U Give. Perfect for those who prefer the graphic format, or those who want a less emotionally intense reading experience-- this still covers the major social issues, but doesn't delve as deep into the personal stories of survivors like longer-format novels.

    15. There is so much going on in this important and powerful graphic novel. The foreword statement that gave me chills reads, " Slavery didn't end in 1865; it evolved." The "ancestors wall" at the end of the book is a long list of names, ages, date of death and location many names.

    16. A compelling, disturbing, provocative, and important graphic novel about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    17. Important and well done. Introductory note from Bryan Stevenson exemplary. It was a little disjointed, however, and I had a hard time following who everyone was and when everything was happening.

    18. This book made me ugly cry. It was so well done and had such an interesting perspective. Black Lives Always Matter.

    19. Powerful, progressive and stimulating. This significantly important graphic novel grapples issues that should be widely discussed in length throughout all communities.Not only it discusses issues that an open debate is necessary, this novel approaches this tragic story in a unique way. Readers follow Alfonso Jones on a ghost train, a train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who were unable to receive justice for their deaths. The author decides not to tell this story in the usual [...]

    20. I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings. This powerful graphic novel takes readers on a first-person view of the shooting of a 15 year old black teen named Alfonso Jones and the start of the Black Lives Matter movement. Alfonso Jones was a young black man in Harlem who played the trumpet, rode his bike, and who had just auditioned for a role in his school’s hip-hop version of Hamlet. Alfonso’s father was arrested for the rape and murder of a woman [...]

    21. On the eve of his father's release from a fifteen year incarceration for a crime he didn't commit, Alfonso Jones is gunned down in a department store by a police officer who mistakes the coat-hanger Alfonso is holding for a handgun. It's a sad commentary on the world we live in that you probably had to stop for a moment to consider whether that's a synopsis of a piece of fiction or a simple statement of fact.In the case of I Am Alfonso Jones, it's a bit of both. While the specifics of Alfonso's [...]

    22. This is a marvellously executed journey through the life, death and afterlife of one Alfonso Jones, high-school student, Harlem resident, trumpet-player and bike messenger. In the early pages of the book we get to know Alfonso as a kid, smart, funny, a history enthusiast who takes us on a tour of Harlem’s sites. We learn that his father has been in jail for Alfonso’s whole life on a wrongful charges and is about to be released due to new DNA evidence. We meet the friend he has a crush on, Da [...]

    23. This graphic novel portrays the events surrounding the shooting and death of a young, unarmed black male. Intermixed with that story, the author also includes multiple references to other actual events of police brutality and information on the Black Lives Matter movement and protests. It includes a helpful introduction to the book and author's notes at the end on the significant historical "characters" included in the story line. OK-Full disclosure, very few of the graphic novels I rate are goi [...]

    24. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAlfonso and his girlfriend Danetta are at a store buying a suit for Alfonso to wear when his father is released from being unfairly imprisoned. They are laughing and joking, and Alfonso is listening to music. When another person in the store thinks that a hanger Alfonso is holding is a gun, the police shoot and kill him. Alfonso was a trumpet player, bike messenger, and good kid. He wakes up in a version of the afterlife that is on a subway train, and he me [...]

    25. I have been wanting to read this for sometime and since most booklists will regard this with high favor, I was prepared to be blown away. Perhaps I set my expectations too high; perhaps I longed too much for that anguished angry release that so many have felt in the recent years of social injustice. Let it be said: this graphic did not let me down. The story is wonderful. The premise, tragically real and effective. But the main problem I had - which was a major problem - was pacing and compositi [...]

    26. In the same vein as The Hate You Give and Dear Martin, I Am Alfonso Jones explores the devastating truths of police brutality, racial profiling, and the unnecessary deaths of black teens at the hands of overly trigger-happy cops. I feel like the graphic novel medium is a great way to explore this topic, as it allows the emotions to fully flesh out in a way that words simply can't accomplish, as well as creating a more suitable platform for struggling readers or students with learning and attenti [...]

    27. This graphic novel takes the reader on a journey with Alfonso Jones--a young black teenager fatally shot by a police officer. Where other books I've read recently tackle the repercussions of police brutality by focusing on the living (All-American Boys, The Hate U Give), Tony Medina constructs a world where we follow Alfonso into the afterlife and see his struggle to reconcile the injustice of his death. English teachers will love the Hamlet thread that runs through this book. I've placed it on [...]

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