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Long Way Down

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 8.36.35 AMby Jason Reynolds, 306 pages, Grades 7 and up

In this novel in verse Will, who is 16 years old, grapples with the idea of street justice; death for a death. He descends in the elevator from his apartment to the street, gun in the waist of jeans, ready to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, he is visited by seven ghosts. Each ghost has a story about street justice, “the code,” and the continual cycle of violence. Will is broken hearted about his brother’s murder, what will he decide to do?

If you like novels in verse that tackle difficult topics you might also like Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse, Paper Hearts, by Meg Wiviot, Caminar, by Skila Brown, or The Red Pencil, by Andrea Davis Pinkney.