Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Long Way Down is now a gripping, galvanizing graphic novel, with haunting artwork by Danica Novgorodoff.
Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood, there are THE RULES:
No. 1: Crying. Don’t. No matter what.
No. 2: Snitching Don’t. No matter what.
No. 3: Revenge Do. No matter what.
But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there’s always someone else who knows to follow the rules…
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.
Danica Novgorodoff is an artist, writer, graphic designer, and horse wrangler from Louisville, Kentucky, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include A Late Freeze; Slow Storm; Refresh, Refresh (included in Best American Comics 2011); and The Undertaking of Lily Chen. Her art and writing have been published in Best American Comics, Artforum, Esquire, VQR, Slate, Orion, Seneca Review, Ecotone Journal, and many others. She was awarded a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Literature, and was named Sarabande Books’ 2016 writer in residence. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Willapa Bay AiR. Visit her online at DanicaNovgorodoff.com.
*"Novgorodoff’s watercolors, which bleed at the edges like pavement stains, match the text in mood and fluency, and by putting faces to characters, they tacitly untangle the web of revenge killings and mistaken identities foundational to the plot."
– BCCB, starred review
*"Reynolds’s words paint pictures of their own in this tragic yet poignant illustrated tale that offers no answers to the seemingly impossible choices some communities face."
– School Library Journal, starred review
*"Far more than just an illustration of the events of the novel, Novgorodoff’s iteration powerfully cultivates the tone and mood of its source material, demonstrating just how effective and artful comics can be."
– Booklist, starred review
ALA Newbery Honor Book
ALA Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
ALA Notable Children's Books
CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Flicker Tale Award (ND)
ILA Young Adults' Choices
Oregon Battle of the Books List
ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
Kansas NEA Reading Circle List High School Title
NYPL Best Books for Teens
NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
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Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Master List (IL)
Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
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Iowa High School Book Award Nominee
High School Sequoyah Book award Master List (OK)
Evergreen High School Book Award (WA)
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Edgar Allan Poe Award
Nutmeg Book Award (CT)
ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Young Adult Reading Program Reading List Selection (SD)
Soaring Eagle Book Award (WY)
Truman Reader Award Final Nominee (MO)
Isinglass Award Nominee (NH)
Great Lakes Book Award
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Finalist (NCTE/ALAN)
ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten
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National Book Award Longlist
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Amazing Audiobooks for YA
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