Long Way Down
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"This novel['s] potency is increased by the narration of author Jason Reynolds...Reynolds excels at delivering dramatic pauses in the short poems, which are packed with sensory details and emotions that anchor listeners even as they stun with painful beauty...As if the raw poignancy isn't enough, Reynolds's rich voice transports listeners...Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award."-- "AudioFile"
"A tour de force from a writer who continues to demonstrate his skill as an exceptionally perceptive chronicler of what it means to be a black teen in America."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"A raw, powerful, and emotional depiction of urban violence. The structure of the novel heightens the tension, as each stop of the elevator brings a new challenge until the narrative arrives at its taut, ambiguous ending."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"Spanning a mere one minute and seven seconds, Reynolds' new free-verse novel is an intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger...Reynolds' concise verses echo like shots... In this all-too-real portrait of survival, Reynolds goes toe-to-toe with where, or even if, love and choice are allowed to exist."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"Readers learn about the cycle of violence in which Will is caught up. The protagonist faces a difficult choice, one that is a reality for many young people...This powerful work is an important addition to any collection."-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
"Will's voice emerges through free-verse poems that are arresting in their imagery and convincing in their conversational cadence. Gripping and lightning fast, this will be a strong recommendation for discussion, particularly within groups of varied reading interests and abilities."-- "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)"