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Young Adult Fiction Prejudice & Racism

Not Talking About You

by (author) Kevin heronJones

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Prejudice & Racism, Assimilation, Class Differences, Bullying
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 12


"A compelling read for basketball fans with a powerful message about the persistence of racial bigotry." — School Library Journal

Kevin HeronJones has written this book to reflect his and other young Black people’s experiences with racism in school. He sees an urgent need to talk about how young people exhibit racist behaviour, to portray it honestly, and to explore how young people can confront it and speak out.

Part of a well-off middle-class family living in suburban Toronto, Khalil moves for grade eight to a school that does not have many racialized students. He is befriended by school sports star Cameron, who convinces Khalil to play basketball. Khalil is uncomfortable with his friend’s racist statements and behaviour, despite Cameron’s professed admiration for Black culture. As his discomfort grows, Khalil is left with a choice: accept this as “reality” or take a stand for what’s right, even if it costs him friendships.

Not talking About You portrays racism as it occurs amongst young Canadians today. It explores the impact on the target and on bystanders who have to decide how to react when they find a racist youth in their midst.


About the author

Kevin heronJones is a youth basketball coach, author, journalist, actor, lecturer and award-winning performance poet. He has numerous spoken word recordings and his poetry book titles include Vision, I AM a Child of the SUN and Telephone Love. He lives in Milton, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

For those who find themselves witnessing racist behaviour, this book will expand their awareness of what a friend should be and what a friend should do. For those experiencing racism, this book offers them a way forward while acknowledging the courage and emotional effort required to stand up to their friends.

Quill & Quire

A compelling read for basketball fans with a powerful message about the persistence of racial bigotry.

School Library Journal

Kevin heronJones cuts right to the bone in this well-balanced novel.

Quill & Quire

An accessible work, ideal for starting discussions on navigating racial bias and stereotyping.

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