A Dark Truth

A Dark Truth

Book - 2016
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Riley and Dashawn have been friends since they were three. They got into skateboarding together and have advanced to the point where it's time to create a Sponsor Me tape. They bring a third skater along, Natasha, and try to get some good clips around a new office development. Then the police storm into the lot. The three skaters quickly scatter, trying their best not to get busted. Riley and Natasha arrive at the meet-up spot. They wait and wait, but Dashawn never shows.

The next day Riley visits Dashawn, only to discover that the police have given him a "beat-down." Nothing like this has ever happened before, and for Riley it is a wake-up call that whether they know it or not, not everyone lives in the same world he does.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781459813274
Branch Call Number: YA FIC


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The book "A Dark Truth" had a interesting theme. I enjoyed reading about two friends being close to each other because of skateboarding. Riley and Dashawn are very close friends. Both have much interest towards skateboarding. One night as they're filming Sponsor Me video's, Dashawn got discriminated in a very brutal way. After this incident Riley has a different prospective on living life. I liked how the book integrated a serious concern that occurs in today's society, which is colour discrimination. This book portrays being human to people and not judging them based on their appearance. The conflict in this novel occurred when Dashawn was treated in an unfair manner. The dynamic character was Riley. While reading I could imagine the imagery of many parts of the story. A reader who would enjoy the book would be someone who likes skateboarding. I would recommend this book to many people!
- S. F.

There was 3 friends their names were: Dashawn, riley and Natasha. Dashawn and riley rides skateboards and Natasha videos. They use to go to the skate park and practice their tricks. The problem was that there were scooter kids that sometimes would cause problems for riley which made him hate them. They once decided to go to a place to skate where the city was going to build a lab it was a private property which had a high chance were the police would come. They had a plan was that if cops would come they would split and no texting was going to happen. After a few minutes of riding they heard sirens due disturbance of their skateboarding they instantly split riley and Natasha was able to escape but Dashawn was caught and beaten hurt and bruised because he was black. The next day he was not able to go to school. Riley came over to Dashawn and felt really sad for him. Then after few minutes Dashawn told him that he was moving due to what happened. Riley then decided to show his parents that there is racism in the country so he went to the same place and started to skate he then after he heard sirens suddenly he fell and got hurt. The police found him but instead they helped him up and told him nicely to go home while the black gets treated one way one the black is treated another way. everyone should be treated equally.
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