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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
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240 pages
67 seconds
7 floors
6 visitors
Each with a piece
of the story
not known
until now.
Will grieving
his brother
with a
and a
thinking he knows
what he has to do
The Rules
to do
to be
and what
comes next.

Jason Reynolds is masterful in the way he can use such sparse language in these free verse poems for such a powerful and emotional impact. I'm going to be talking about and sharing this book for a very long time.

Jason's skill at putting words together that grab your heart and head, bringing you into the lives of his characters, kids just trying their best to do what's right and live the way they've been taught, astounds me. Long Way Down is no different. This book is going to have an impact. The type of impact that makes you question what you thought you knew and how life can be. This is a must-read and must-share in classrooms (7th & up), especially in those rooms where you have teens who are living Will's life with the rules he's been taught to life by.

I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy, to reread, sit with his words and turns of phrase, and find the spots that bear repeating to kids in our classrooms. I can picture the faces in my head of the former students I wish were still in my classroom so I could put this book right into their hands.
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Reading Progress

January 7, 2015 – Shelved
January 7, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 7, 2015 – Shelved as: representation-matters
January 7, 2015 – Shelved as: free-verse
October 1, 2016 – Shelved as: jason-recs
April 12, 2017 – Started Reading
April 13, 2017 – Shelved as: yr-2017-reads
April 13, 2017 – Shelved as: 1-to-add-to-the-collection
April 13, 2017 – Shelved as: wsra-shortlist-chpbk-2017
April 13, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: all-time-favorites

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Kimberly Love love love. JR is an artist that paints with words.

Becky Brilliant review - I love your free verse description

message 3: by Ann (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ann Absolutely love your review of this amazing literary novel.

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