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Long Way Down


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Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

ISBN 9780571335114

And then there were shots




hid, tucked

themselves tight.

Pressed our lips to the

pavement and prayed

the boom, followed by

the buzz of a bullet,

didn't meet us.

After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn's gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will's friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that.

As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he's doing.

This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.

The Author

jason reynoldsJason Reynolds is a critically acclaimed American writer and poet and winner of the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. From Jason: "Here's what I know: I know there are a lot – A lot - of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom.” This is the first of his books to be published in the UK. He has lived in England, Wales and Gibraltar.






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Spanning a mere one minute and seven seconds, Reynolds’ free-verse novel is an intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger. Reynolds’ concise verses echo like shots against the white space of the page, their impact resounding. Booklist

Jason Reynolds is a literary genius who gives voice to a generation. Long Way Down is powerful, beautiful, and will stay with you long after Will's journey ends. A masterpiece from beginning to end. Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Hate U Give