Teacher’s Guide: Promise Boys

Promise Boys
By Nick Brooks
Ages 14-18
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A blockbuster mystery about three teens of color who must investigate their principal’s murder to clear their own names—this page-turning thriller is perfect for fans of Karen McManus, Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas, and Holly Jackson..

The prestigious Urban Promise Prep school might look pristine on the outside, but deadly secrets lurk within. When the principal ends up murdered on school premises and the cops come sniffing around, a trio of students—J.B., Ramón, and Trey—emerge as the prime suspects. They had the means, they had the motive—and they may have had the murder weapon. But with all three maintaining their innocence, they must band together to track down the real killer before they are arrested. Or is the true culprit hiding among them?

Find out who killed Principal Moore in Nick Brooks’s murder mystery, Promise BoysThe Hate U Give meets One of Us Is Lying.

Praise for Promise Boys

An Amazon Best Book of the Month
An Indigo Staff Pick of the Month

“A top-notch page-turner and deep character study . . . will grip readers, who won’t want to stop reading.” —Bookliststarred review

“Breathtakingly complex and intriguing.” —Kirkusstarred review

Brooks excels in creating protagonists worthy of applause and truly foul villains, whose presences linger long after this atmospheric read ends.” —Publishers Weeklystarred review

This cinematic thriller deftly entertains readers while leveling a sharp indictment of society’s mistreatment of Black and Latinx teenage boys. A tense and urgent mystery that can help break the cycle it condemns.” —Shelf Awarenessstarred review

“Thrilling, captivating, and blade-sharp. Promise Boys will stay with you long after the last page.” —Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

“I was at the edge of my seat trying to figure out if I was reading a story about boys becoming men or boys becoming killers—you will be too. A brilliant pulls-no-punches mystery with bruised hearts at its core.” —Adam Silvera, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of They Both Die at the End

I can’t wait to see this expertly crafted mystery take the world over.” —Nic Stone, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin

“Nothing short of astounding. A spellbinding, propulsive mystery while simultaneously presenting a searing critique of structural injustice. I recommend it to anyone who loves books or doesn’t.” —Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of The Serpent King and In the Wild Light

“An edge-of-your-seats, street-smart, exploding-with-talent novel.” —Francisco X. Stork, author of On the Hook

“Heartbreaking and riveting in equal measure.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Builds to an exhilarating crescendo.” —Horn Book