Long Way DownBook - 2017
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a novel in verse that follows a teenage boy down an elevator as he tries to decide whether to avenge his brother
JCLEmilyD Dec 07, 2020
I LOVE Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down novel in verse. The power of this text comes from the rhythm and pace created by free verse narrative. Jason Reynolds masterfully creates a riveting narrative full of emotion and suspense. Excellent.
This book is unique in that it is written in verse. It took me several pages to get used to that style. Once I did, I loved how Jason Reynolds crafted this story.
After loosing someone close to him, Will, fifteen, is set on following “THE RULES” and getting revenge. Before he can even get out... Read More »
JCLHebahA Jun 11, 2020
After hearing Jason Reynolds speak at a virtual librarian event, I had to check out his writing. This was raw, powerful, and empathetic, the immediacy of verse pairing well with the tight quarters of a potentially life-altering elevator ride. Phenomenal in audio (read by the author himself) and f... Read More »
JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2017
Will knows one way to grieve, dictated by the rules passed down for generations: no crying; no snitching; always get revenge. His uncle and father have already been victim to the cyclic system created by these rules, and last night his brother joined them. Will is desperately heartbroken, so he f... Read More »
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“AND YOU KNOW
it's weird to know
a person you don't know
and at the same time
a person you know,
is when you take a word and rearrange the letters to make another word. And sometimes the words are still somehow connected ex: CANOE = OCEAN. Same letters, different words, somehow still make sense together, like brothers.”
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