Long Way Down

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About The Book

2018 Odyssey Honor Audiobook
A YALSA 2018 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Selection
ALSC 2018 Notable Children’s Recordings List
A Newbery Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Printz Honor Book
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Literature
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award
An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction
Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017
A Vulture Best YA Book of 2017
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017

INCLUDES AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. 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.

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. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

About The Author
Ben Fractenberg

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, 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. The American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black SuitAll American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (GhostPatinaSunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (October 2017)
  • Runtime: 1 hour and 43 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781508241584
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Awards and Honors
  • ALA Newbery Honor Book
  • ALA Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • YALSA Teens Top Ten (TTT) Nominee
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Sequoyah Young Adult Master List (OK)
  • North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award
  • ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Finalist (NCTE/ALAN)
  • ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • ALA Notable Children's Recording
  • Odyssey Honor for Audio
  • National Book Award Longlist
  • Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Amazing Audiobooks for YA
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • Walter Dean Myers Award
  • Arnold Adoff Poetry Award
  • Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Intermediate Masterlist
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