Community Read: Long Way Down author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You
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The novel, written in free verse, is told from the perspective of a teenage boy mourning the death of his brother and contemplating revenge. The novel is set during the sixty seconds it takes the boy to ride the elevator down from his apartment. At each floor along the way, he encounters family and friends destroyed by gun violence. Each has advice for him as he struggles with the burden of revenge and grapples with a life-altering dilemma: to kill his brother’s murderer or not?
Jason Reynolds is a number one New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Among his 14 books are Ghost, All American Boys, and Long Way Down–which was a recent Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner. His latest book, coauthored with Ibram X Kendi, is the criticality acclaimed Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. The Chicago Tribune says books by Jason Reynolds are among the “best to lure kids from screens during the coronavirus lockdown.”