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Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
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it was amazing

Three Words That Describe This Book: engaging, large cast of characters, relatable

I am telling every adult I know to read this middle grade book because it is 10 stories of kids walking home from school in "any town USA," and it gives a snap shot of what it like to be a kid today.

These kids are all different. They have different walks home, they have lives that intersect in school but not always outside of it. They all come from different socio economic and racial backgrounds. They all have different interests. They each have their own unique struggles. But they are all good kids.

Perfect example of how ordinary stories of regular people strung together becomes an extraordinary book. Nothing crazy or heartbreaking or life altering happens in the plot of the book [there are things like this in some of the kids' pasts]; it is simply a story of 1 day after school and 10 different walks home, but put together between the covers of this book, it is wondrous, illustrating what a great storyteller Reynolds is. The plot is ordinary, but the book Reynolds has written is gripping, compelling, enlightening, and a pure joyous fun to read.

Readalikes: I am not a big reader of Middle Grade so I am probably not the best person to make readalikes but, this book reminded me of an adult title-- Olive Kitteridge by Strout. It is also a novel in stories. There is no plot here, but the stories taken together create a portrait of the woman-- Olive. Here's more from me on that title:

I am however a HUGE proponent of getting more adults to read today's crop of middle grade titles. Click here to read a few posts on the topic by me:
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Reading Progress

November 1, 2019 – Started Reading
November 1, 2019 – Shelved
November 6, 2019 – Finished Reading

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