2018.59 – Long Way Down

My first Jason Reynolds book was last March, when I read Ghost. I hate to admit that I’ve had All American Boys on my physical to-read shelf for three years now, and I still haven’t read it. Does that happen to anyone else? A book you know you need/want to read is staring at you from the top shelf? It’ll happen soon, because I have greatly enjoyed Jason Reynolds’s voice and style.

Long Way Down takes places in the 60 seconds it takes Will to travel from the seventh floor, where he lives, to the ground floor. He was planning to revenge his brother’s murder. But, as he travels down, he meets someone from his life who gives him a missing puzzle piece to his brother’s murder.

It’s heartbreaking, eye-opening, and beautifully told. The language is simple, and I know that even my struggling readers would be able to read this. The way the dialogue dips and dives across the page makes it a completely different reading experience.

Seriously, look at all these awards!

  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
  • A Printz Honor Book
  • A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Literature
  • Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
  • Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award
  • An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
  • A Vulture Best YA Book of 2017
  • A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017

(Thanks for the list, Amazon)

What’s better than enjoying a book? Buying a copy so kids can enjoy it too! My friend Alex just moved up to Oregon, and has to restart her classroom library. She created an Amazon wishlist, and I bought a few books to help fill her shelves–this was one of them!

Happy reading 🙂

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