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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. Focusing on the Rules – no crying, no snitching, get revenge – Will takes Shawn’s gun, intending to avenge his brother’s murder. But as he takes the elevator down, with a gun tucked in his pants, it stops on each floor and a ghost from Will's past enters, all victims of gun violence, but will that be enough to change his mind ? Recently named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and CBS This Morning. Spanning a mere one minute and seven seconds, Reynolds' new free-verse novel is an intense snapshot of the chain reaction caused by pulling a trigger.

Books can help teenagers to process sad feelings, especially when they find it hard to talk to adults.

Will is determined to honor the memory of his brother and thus feels compelled to seek revenge for Shawn's death by killing his murderer, but at the same time, he is nervous and uncertain about the gravity of his future actions. A graphic novel edition of the book, illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff, was published October 13, 2020. It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything. I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly!

The coolest thing about this book to me, and something I don't think I really noticed until I saw my favorite booktuber's review, is that this book doesn't try to be about right and wrong. This makes Will feel conflicted because he wants to cry, to express his grief, but he also wants to make his brother proud, and show that he can be strong and handle his business as expected. It’s a fantastic independent book seller that will actually be responsive and select appropriate books for you. As I have already mentioned, this book is a quick read, but the emotional impact it has, is phenomenal.Bethany is a certified Special Education and Elementary teacher with 11 years experience teaching Special Education from grades PK through 5. I had to read this book for an assignment in my senior year of high school and really enjoyed the book. A heartrending and convincing blank verse narrative, with atmospheric mixed-media images by Chris Priestley, about a 15-year-old boy whose brother is shot, "lying there like a piece/of furniture left outside", and who wrestles with the idea of revenge. When he finally chokes out that after pulling out the gun, he shoots, Uncle Mark asks what happens next. And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows.

It’s written in verse, but tells a complete story of a young boy who is out to seek revenge because his brother was killed. 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. I’ve always loved stories written in verse, so when I heard about this own-voice tale of the struggles that toxic masculinity and systemic racism place upon young black men, I was immediately interested. Striking ink-and-watercolour illustrations bring the setting to life, while the comic-book layout adds pace and urgency to the narrative.The ending is ambiguous after Shawn's ghost breaks rule one by weeping in the elevator, then steps off the elevator and asks if Will is coming.

He says he was torn apart by Mark's death, and reluctantly followed rule three and went after the killer, killing the man he was sure killed Mark. You can find this review and more on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook!Buck asks Will his plans, checks to see if the gun is loaded, and tells Will regarding his revenge plan, ''You don't got it in you. In 2021, the American Library Association selected Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel one of their Great Graphic Novels for Teens. I was at my last school for 4 years and we had ********* book fairs every term – and every term, I was disappointed by the narrow range of books.

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