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Long Way Down



by
Jason Reynolds

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy
ISBN
9781481438254

Awards and Honors
2019 Arkansas Teen Book Award Winner
2019 Flicker Tale Award Winner, Young Adult
2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Honor
2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards Nominee
2018-2019 Soaring Eagle Award Winner
2018-2019 Great Lakes Great Books Award Winner, Grades 9-12
2018 Indies Choice Book Award Honor, Young Adult
2018 Thumbs Up! Award Honor
2018 Cybils Award Winner, Poetry
2018 Michael L. Printz Award Honor
2018 John Newbery Medal Honor
2018 Coretta Scott King Award Honor, Author
2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, Young Adult Literature
2018 Edgar Award, Best Young Adult
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Older
YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Selection
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Top Ten
Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
2018 Walter Award Winner, Teen Category
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
ILA Young Adults' Choices - 2018
National Book Award 2017 Longlist
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
Horn Book Fanfare List 2017, Fiction
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Fiction
2017 Goodreads Choice Awards, Poetry
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
BuzzFeed 28 Best YA Books of 2017
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2017, Top Ten
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2017 Blue Ribbons, Fiction
The Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017
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Language: Strong Language, Violence: Gun Violence
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Thisfiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Violence: Gun Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 2

Lexile

HL720L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Feb 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
Fifteen-year-old Will, immobilized with grief when his older brother Shawn is shot and killed, slowly comes to mull The Rules in his head. There are three: don’t cry, don’t snitch, and “if someone you love / gets killed, / find the person / who killed / them and / kill them.” So Will locates Shawn’s gun, leaves his family’s eighth-floor apartment, and—well, here is where this intense verse novel becomes a gripping drama, as on each floor of the descending elevator Will is joined by yet another victim or perpetrator in the chain of violence that took his brother’s life. Shawn’s best friend Buck gets into the elevator on seven; Dani, Will’s friend from childhood, gets in on six; Will and Shawn’s uncle Mark gets in on five, in a cloud of cigarette smoke. And so it goes, each stop of the elevator adding to the chorus of ghosts (including Will and Shawn’s father), each one with his or her perspective on The Rules. The poetry is stark, fluently using line breaks and page-turns for dramatic effect; the last of these reveals the best closing line of a novel this season. Read alone (though best aloud), the novel is a high-stakes moral thriller; it’s also a perfect if daring choice for readers’ theater. roger sutton

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
Fifteen-year-old Will, immobilized with grief when his older brother Shawn is shot and killed, slowly comes to mull The Rules in his head. There are three: don’t cry, don’t snitch, and “if someone you love / gets killed, / find the person / who killed / them and / kill them.” So Will locates Shawn’s gun, leaves his family’s eighth-floor apartment, and—well, here is where this intense verse novel becomes a gripping drama, as on each floor of the descending elevator Will is joined by yet another victim or perpetrator in the chain of violence that took his brother’s life. Shawn’s best friend Buck gets into the elevator on seven; Dani, Will’s friend from childhood, gets in on six; Will and Shawn’s uncle Mark gets in on five, in a cloud of cigarette smoke. And so it goes, each stop of the elevator adding to the chorus of ghosts (including Will and Shawn’s father), each one with his or her perspective on The Rules. The poetry is stark, fluently using line breaks and page-turns for dramatic effect; the last of these reveals the best closing line of a novel this season. Read alone (though best aloud), the novel is a high-stakes moral thriller; it’s also a perfect if daring choice for readers’ theater. roger sutton

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