Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds

Imagine A Christmas Carol, but set in the hood. Instead of Scrooge—a young, black boy with a horrible decision to make and only an elevator ride to make it. Welcome to the haunted world of Jason Reynolds’ young adult book, Long Way Down (longlisted for the National Book Award).

One of the first things you need to know about this book is the rules:

Rule #1: No Crying. No matter what.

Rule #2: No Snitching. No matter what.

Rule #3: Get Revenge. No matter what.

These are the rules passed down from one generation to the next. When Will’s brother, Shawn, dies, the sway of the code is stronger than ever. Will he follow it or walk away? Only an elevator ride will tell. Reynolds delivers this compelling read in beautiful verse, each poem like a shock to the system. If you were asleep…after reading this book, you will be woke.

Other Books to Keep You Woke:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woods

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