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young adult, contemporary, football, high school, fiction
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HAIL MARY is a young-adult novel narrated by autistic, sixteen-year-old Aiden Wright. At a post-football game celebration, he is drawn into a fight, leading his brother, team star Brandon, to intervene, only to be accused of assaulting the police officer who shoots and seriously injures him.
After ambiguous videos leak online, Aiden uses his technological skills and ability to focus, seeking more evidence. Asking tougher questions and demanding more from those around him, Aiden grows, gaining allies and making others see him as a human, rather than viewing him through his disability and race.
Here, as in Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, high-school-aged characters work against a corrupt and racist system. Set in contemporary South Florida, HAIL MARY shows the lived experience of young people seeking to do more, across racial and social divides, with what they have and who they are.
Miller, DeAndra A., "Hail Mary" (2022). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4951.
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