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Long Way Down
Contributor(s): Reynolds, Jason (Author)

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ISBN: 1481438255     ISBN-13: 9781481438254
Publisher: Atheneum Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2017
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BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Violence
- Young Adult Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
- Young Adult Fiction | Novels In Verse
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2017001395
Age Level: 13-17
Grade Level: 8-12
Lexile Measure: 720 HL (High-Low)
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 5.8" W x 8.3" (1.00 lbs) 320 pages
Themes:
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Catalog Heading - Hi Interest/Low Vocabulary
- Curriculum Strand - Hi Interest/Low Vocabulary
- Demographic Orientation - Urban
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Newbery Medal, Honor Book, Children's, 2018
Coretta Scott King Award, Honor Book, Author, 2018
Michael L. Printz Award, Honor Book, Children-Y/A Fiction, 2018
Review Citations: School Library Journal 07/01/2017 pg. 94
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2017 pg. 141
Booklist 07/01/2017 pg. 49
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2017 pg. 160
Publishers Weekly 07/31/2017
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2017 pg. 69
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2017 - Book Of Special Distinction
BookPage 11/01/2017
Shelf Awareness 10/24/2017
Voice of Youth Advocates 02/01/2018 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2018 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192021
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 2.0
 
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Publisher Description:
A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Literature
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award
An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction
Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
A Vulture Best YA Book of 2017
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds's fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds--the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That's what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that's when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn's gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn't know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck's in the elevator? Just as Will's trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck's cigarette. Will doesn't know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END...if WILL gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.


Contributor Bio(s): Reynolds, Jason: - Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association's 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
 
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