Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
In his new novel Whitehead, inspired by a true story of a reform school in Florida, creates this novel of cruelty and hatred in the south. Centered around a young academic African boy, Elwood, who has his sights on going to college. When hitchhiking, he finds himself in the wrong car at the wrong time and is sent to a reform school where the lucky ones make it out alive. Determined to out the school and the crooks who run it, Elwood hatches a plan that may work or may get him killed.