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Long Way Down

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With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. He has always written stories, but he was an illustrator for twenty years before his first book was published. Having read one of Jason Reynolds previous works on police brutality, ( All American Boys) I was expecting another great novel detailing the personal effects that come with losing someone to another’s violence. His vision of art and writing is to see empathy extended, more and more empathy extended, right across all barriers and boundaries. As Will listens to his mother's sobs at home, he opens the middle drawer of Shawn's dresser, previously forbidden territory, and finds a gun.

I wanted to focus on supporting as many new-to-me black authors as possible in February, and Jason Reynolds was at the very top of my list.The weight of dehumanization, of being stripped of personhood because of instinctual moments and feelings, unfettered.

Told in short, powerful verse, the novel explores the tenacity of the cycle of violence, the pain of toxic masculinity, and the dangers of repressed grief. Long Way Down is a young adult novel in verse by Jason Reynolds, published October 24, 2017, by Atheneum Books.These characters are all ghosts from Will’s past and it is a sad reflection on a young man’s life that violent crime has had such a huge impact. Then, Will's father, Mikey, enters and holds a gun to Will's head to show him what it feels like to be a victim.

She currently teaches 9th grade English, a remedial reading and writing course, and English as a new language to non-native speakers. Those individuals who came from households and grew up surrounded by gangs, gun violence and grief and who have all been painted with the same brush in the media. He’s succeeded in his aim by a million degrees: this is one of the most exciting books written for young people or anyone.The coolest thing about this book to me, and something I don't think I really noticed until I saw my favorite booktuber's review, is that this book doesn't try to be about right and wrong. An IMPORTANT book that will let children know this is not true as far as Jason Reynolds is concerned . The elevator stops at the second floor, the last stop before the lobby, where this nightmare elevator ride can end. Buck asks Will his plans, checks to see if the gun is loaded, and tells Will regarding his revenge plan, ''You don't got it in you. The subject was about revenge and how our main character decides either to do what he is having in mind or not.

A book that he finished on his own instead of the fifteen pages a night clip he is obligated to read.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 was invigilating in a GCSE English room recently, and I picked up this book whilst I was waiting for the students to enter! The award-winning, bestselling verse novel is now a stunning graphic novel with illustrations by Danica Novgorodoff. When he finally chokes out that after pulling out the gun, he shoots, Uncle Mark asks what happens next.

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