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Emerging black filmmaker gets contract for 7-character book for thriller

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NEW YORK (AP) – A young emerging filmmaker is also in high demand in the book world. Nick Brooks has struck a seven-figure deal for his young adult thriller Boys Promise, in which three boys from a charter school in Washington, DC investigate the murder of their principal and learn hard truths about their education and community.

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According to Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, who announced the deal on Wednesday, Boys Promise draws in part from Brooks’ experiences as a teacher with at-risk children. Henry Holt plans to publish the book in early 2023.

“This is a social thriller, told from the perspective of black and brown boys, that highlights the inequity of our education system,” Brooks said in a statement. “It’s a story that needs to be told, to speak for our children who too often are unable to stand up for themselves and to inspire them to tell their own story. “

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Brooks, 32, graduated last year from the University of Southern California’s television and film production program, where he received a scholarship after directing the short. Dream hoop.

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