Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrator: Alexander Nabaum
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—
Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
But mostly, too busy walking home.
Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
JLG Release: Feb 2020
Awards & Honors
2019 National Book Awards Finalist
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
Coretta Scott King Author Book Award Honoree - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.8; Points: 5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Sexuality, Crime: Theft
Interpersonal relations, Schools, Social issues, Emotions and feelings, Friendship, Conduct of life, Short stories, Family life, Neighborhoods and communities, City and urban life,