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Long Way Down

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This is perfection, everything is extremely well done from the narrative to the page design, after reading this you will definitely see some changes in your point of view when it comes to the discussions brought up by the author. 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. The layered, fragmented layouts found across many spreads have potent impact, along with stylistic touches such as Polaroid photos, video screens, and storyboards seamlessly substituted for panels.

In the morning, Will sneaks out in the early, intent on killing Riggs, the gang member he believes is responsible for Shawn's murder. Shawn introduces Will to the "rules" in their neighborhood and to the concept of loyalty, which is a contributing factor to the amount of violence in their neighborhood. When his older brother Shawn is shot dead in front of him, Will is overcome with grief, despair and fury. These rules are why William finds himself on an elevator with a gun tucked into his pocket, descending down to the level of his brother’s killer. Bear in mind that the themes and language are strong, so this book is best for children aged 14 plus, although a savvy 12-year-old will also relish it.But what he doesn't expect is an elevator ride filled with the past, and to face what he hasn't had to face until now. Poignant and heart wrenching story written in verse that takes place over 60 seconds in an elevator, exploring the senseless cycle of gun violence, through the eyes of main character Will, whose brother Shawn had just been shot. While the prose of these two books are certainly different, I found Long Way Down slightly superior because of the narrative in verse. 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. Written in Sarah Crossan’s pioneering (and now trademark) free verse, it’s a stirring and thought-provoking book about poverty, injustice and love.

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. Grief, Fear, and Violence (cycle) - "The Rules" play a huge part in establishing the setting, context, and pattern of violence. Furthermore, as we travel down with Will, he contemplates his journey, both this one, and those taken by Shawn and others, just like him, obeying the rules.Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. I think this book has a lot of layers that don't come through at first, but that kill you more and more the deeper you look. You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot! Will’s words are so haunting and broken; he’s lost his big brother, his hero, and now all he wants is to follow the rules – the rules that he’s been taught his whole life. 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.

That said, I still absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to see what Jason Reynolds releases next. After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, Jason Reynolds moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself.Long Way Down is a young adult novel in verse by Jason Reynolds, published October 24, 2017, by Atheneum Books. It gave readers plenty of room to think and reflect on the novel as a whole, while still managing to remain a satisfying conclusion. His vision of art and writing is to see empathy extended, more and more empathy extended, right across all barriers and boundaries. Long Way Down has won numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, a Walter Dean Meyers Award, a Newberry Award Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Award Honor.

In the novel Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds, Will, the main character, has been taught to live by the rules: don't cry, don't snitch, and take revenge. the novel ends with some hope that Will will make the right decision and has been influenced by the people he encountered during that long ride down. We see the conversations that he is having with some certain people that they were in his life at one point, and how they help our character in the taking of the decision.Speaking of the moment, he said he and his friends felt "an anger, a pain, like a cancer metastasizing by the second, spreading around [them] and through [them]. She currently teaches 9th grade English, a remedial reading and writing course, and English as a new language to non-native speakers. His subconscious fears come to "life" when he is met by "ghosts" from his past who seek to influence his decision and sway him to reconsider.



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