Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Jason Reynolds (Author) Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)


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

$17.98  $16.54
Atheneum Books
Publish Date
October 08, 2019
5.8 X 0.8 X 8.6 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City. Tradition is his fourth novel.


"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 "May 3, 2019"
"This is storytelling at its finest, a true masterpiece."--Booklist, starred review "May 3, 2019"
*"Each story rings with emotional authenticity and empathy."--Booklist, starred review "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."--Booklist, starred review "BCCB, 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 "BCCB, starred review"
*"Superb storytelling."--School Library Journal, starred review "BookPage, starred review"
*"Filled with the heart and humor."--School Library Journal, starred review "Horn Book, starred review"
"An unconventional, clever exploration of the secret trials and tribulations of middle schoolers."--Shelf Awareness "Horn Book, starred review"