Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

By Jason Reynolds and Alexander Nabaum



A National Book Award Finalist
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019

A Time Best Children's Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids' Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
"As innovative as it is emotionally arresting." --Entertainment Weekly

From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids' walks home can take.

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.
Wiping out.
Braving up.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
Making jokes.
Lotioning up.
Finding comfort.
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.

Product Details

Price: $17.98  $16.54
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Published Date: October 08, 2019
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 5.8 X 0.8 X 8.6 inches | 0.75 pounds
ISBN: 9781481438285

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About the Author

Jason Reynolds is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books The Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys, cowritten with Brendan Kiely; As Brave As You, his middle-grade debut; and National Book Award finalist Ghost, the first in a four-book series about kids on an elite track team.


"An unconventional, clever exploration of the secret trials and tribulations of middle schoolers."--Shelf Awareness
"This is storytelling at its finest, a true masterpiece."--Booklist, starred review
*"Superb storytelling."--BookPage, starred review
*"The perfect book to hand to reluctant middle grade readers, who will relate to the hectic and uncertain lives of these characters."--School Library Journal, starred review
"One of the most exciting, constantly surprising voices in children's literature...is back with another book that's as innovative as it is emotionally arresting."--EW.com "May 3, 2019 "
"Reynolds' gift for capturing the voices and humanity of urban teens is on full display....Brims with humor, pathos, and the heroic struggle to grow up."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Each story rings with emotional authenticity and empathy."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
*Reynolds proves once again that he has a knack for marrying the emotionally gripping to the unabashedly silly in ways that read as both new and familiar....Charming."--BCCB, starred review
*"Filled with the heart and humor."--Horn Book, starred review