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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (Hardcover)

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By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
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       Latimer Middle School students get to school in a variety of ways and we get to follow different students in each of the ten tales Reynolds tells. At turns funny, silly, and moving, this short story collection is more like a quilt with a common thread running through each tale to tie them together. Reynolds is a master storyteller whose craft is at its best when seeing kids for who they are at their core. Great book for teachers to use in class--and an overall joy. 

— Heidi, Books Inc. Book Fair Staffer

Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List

“In Look Both Ways, Jason Reynolds shines a light on ordinary walks home and turns them into the extraordinary without the need of magic or faraway lands. Instead, Reynolds shows how worthwhile the people and neighborhoods around us are, especially when you take the time to know what’s happening in people’s lives. The stories in Look Both Ways are heartfelt, engaging, funny, thoughtful, and, though sad at times, full of hope.”
— Alison Perine, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


A National Book Award Finalist!
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019

A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
“As innovative as it is emotionally arresting.” —Entertainment Weekly

From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids walks home can take.

This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—

Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Wiping out.
Braving up.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
Making jokes.
Lotioning up.
Finding comfort.
But mostly, too busy walking home.

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

About the Author

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Praise For…

“One of the most exciting, constantly surprising voices in children’s literature…is back with another book that’s as innovative as it is emotionally arresting.” 
— EW.com

"Reynolds' gift for capturing the voices and humanity of urban teens is on full display....Brims with humor, pathos, and the heroic struggle to grow up."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This is storytelling at its finest, a true masterpiece."
— Booklist, starred review

*"Each story rings with emotional authenticity and empathy."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

*Reynolds proves once again that he has a knack for marrying the emotionally gripping to the unabashedly silly in ways that read as both new and familiar....Charming."
— BCCB, starred review

*"The perfect book to hand to reluctant middle grade readers, who will relate to the hectic and uncertain lives of these characters."
— School Library Journal, starred review

*"Superb storytelling."
— BookPage, starred review

*"Filled with the heart and humor."
— Horn Book, starred review

"An unconventional, clever exploration of the secret trials and tribulations of middle schoolers."
— Shelf Awareness

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481438285
ISBN-10: 148143828X
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 208
Language: English