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Long Way Down

Title

Long Way Down

Authors

Jason Reynolds

Publisher

Atheneum

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781481438254

Pages

320 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In Long Way Down, a young boy's brother has just died from a gunshot wound and through brief, powerful poems the reader gets the story of the brothers, the story of urban families, the story of a neighborhood, and the story of the impulse for revenge and the strength it takes to resist that. Terrifically powerful and searingly sad, this is Jason Reynolds continuing to explore some deep truths for young people.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL720L

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Single parent; death of a brother; death of a father; single mother

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Black

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

John Newbery Medal, 2018, Honor, Children's Literature
Children's and Teen Choice Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Teen
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Poetry
Edgar Allan Poe Awards, 2018, Winner, Young Adult
Indies Choice Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult Book
Coretta Scott King Book Award, 2018, Honor, Author
Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2018, Winner, Young Adult Literature
Michael L. Printz Award, 2018, Honor
National Book Award, 2017, Long List, Young People's Literature
Odyssey Award, 2018, Honor, Children (13-18)
Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature, 2018, Winner, Teen

Keywords

gang violence; gun violence; murder; elevator; ghosts; visitors; revenge; victims of gun violence

Diversity Impact

direct

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