Anger is a Gift


Author: Mark Oshiro



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Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. The media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near-crippling panic attacks, as well as his grief.

Now in his junior year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger Is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of teens today.