The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

by

Dashka Slater

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Kaprice Wilson Character Analysis

The truancy coordinator at Oakland High School. Kaprice is from the streets of Oakland, and after her first love, Lil’ Jerry, an active member in one of the city’s gangs, is killed in a shooting, she goes to college and turns her life around. Kaprice and Richard have a special relationship, and Richard benefits from the structure and family-like atmosphere of Kaprice’s program at Oakland High. With Kaprice’s help, Richard is able to bring his grades up and make graduation a real possibility, and she is able to help other students with the same goal. Cherie, and others, refer to Kaprice as “Mom,” and they rely on her for guidance and stability. Kaprice uses restorative justice to help the Oakland High students heal after Richard’s assault on Sasha, and her efforts serve as an example of the benefits of restorative justice.

Kaprice Wilson Quotes in The 57 Bus

The The 57 Bus quotes below are all either spoken by Kaprice Wilson or refer to Kaprice Wilson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Macmillan edition of The 57 Bus published in 2017.
Part 3: Y’All Don’t Know Quotes

“People have different habitats,” he explained. “Some people have it better than others. They grew up in good neighborhoods. Their family has jobs. They have good income. They don’t understand. Their life is so good, they think everybody’s life is good. They don’t understand the struggles people go through. I don’t know where you grew up at, if it’s like a low-income area, where there’s lots of violence and crime. But if you grew up in a low-income area and all you see is crime and drugs? If you have family that does crime? You see it. It has an impact on you. If you’re around it a lot, it’s hard to do good.”

Related Characters: Richard, Kaprice Wilson
Page Number: 197
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Kaprice Wilson Character Timeline in The 57 Bus

The timeline below shows where the character Kaprice Wilson appears in The 57 Bus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Miss Kaprice
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When Cherie gets to the bus stop, however, she is with Kaprice Wilson, O High’s truancy coordinator. It is Kaprice’s job to intervene when students miss too... (full context)
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Later, Kapirce reads Richard’s transcript. Her program is geared more towards freshmen and sophomores (O High has... (full context)
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Kaprice later tells Richard that if he wants to be in her program, he must follow... (full context)
Part 2: The Princess of East Oakland
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Kaprice grew up in East Oakland during the 1980s, “when crack cocaine was just hitting the... (full context)
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After high school, Kaprice’s brother filled out a college application for Clark Atlanta University on her behalf, and she... (full context)
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So Kaprice went to college, and Lil’ Jerry was later killed by a drug dealer. The random... (full context)
Part 2: The Best Mother Ever
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Kaprice is the “surrogate mom” to many kids at Oakland High. Cherie even calls her “Mom,”... (full context)
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Kaprice’s office is “a safe zone for Richard,” and there she reminds him of his goals:... (full context)
Part 2: Where He Left Off
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Richard begins to spend most of his free time in Kaprice’s office. His grades have started to improve, and he likes to hang out and talk... (full context)
Part 2: Resolve
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...Richard stays away from school for a few days. When he goes back, he visits Kaprice in her office and tells her about the whole ordeal. Then he gives her Jasmine’s... (full context)
Part 3: The Ten O’clock News
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Later that night, Kaprice watches the evening news. She does so every night; it is “part of her preparation... (full context)
Part 3: Locked Out
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The next morning at school, Kaprice gets a call from one of Richard’s teachers. Richard is requesting to talk to her,... (full context)
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Later, Kaprice must escort another student out of her office, and she accidentally locks her keys inside.... (full context)
Part 3: I Knew My Baby
Adolescent Crime vs. Adult Crime Theme Icon
...boy’s back, but Jasmine “knows her baby as soon as she sees him.” She calls Kaprice and immediately confirms that Richard has been arrested. Then she calls “everyone she can think... (full context)
Part 3: Y’All Don’t Know
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Kaprice finds it difficult to go to school after Richard is arrested. No H8 banners fill... (full context)
Part 3: The Circle
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...continue to grow angry with each No H8 event that takes place at Oakland High, Kaprice organizes a “restorative justice circle” between Richard’s friends and the faculty member who is “working... (full context)