illustration: a kid in a white tshirt leans against a chainlink fence with three girls standing close to the cover so that all you can see are legs in leggings and skirts

The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere.

by James Spooner Author

This graphic novel and memoir takes us to Apple Valley, California in the 1980s. A miserable desert town is an unusual place for Spooner to find himself. One of the only Black kids in town and acutely aware that most of his other classmates are either ignorantly racist or out-and-out neo-Nazis, Spooner feels left out and like a misfit until he meets Ty. Ty introduces him to Black Flag records, The Sex Pistols, punk haircuts, romantic prospects, and teaches him the difference between a bass and a guitar. Suddenly, with a growing sense of community, Spooner feels more at home. But things aren't all going so smoothly. A classmate dies of a drug overdose. A friend must prove himself to his white supremacist brother and the local Aryan Brotherhood through violence. And everything is building towards the big show... A vividly narrated and gorgeously illustrated coming of age story.

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