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So much love for this sad, funny, sweet, poignant middle grade read! Jason Reynolds is one of my faves.
My favorite Jason Reynolds book yet. It's so fascinating to see the connections between people and the effect they have on one another in such a short amount of time and space. I really enjoyed how each chapter was its own short story.
i think it is a cool concept to have different stories for every kid at the same school but i find a lot of the stories boring af. remember code lazarbeam
Reading this book of interconnected short stories won't take you much longer than “a school bus falling from the sky.” You meet 10 different groups of kids who all attend the same school on 10 different streets on their way home from school. Each story could stand alone, but as you read the chapters, you get to know the different kids through different perspectives. In fact, I quickly reread it after reading it the first time so I could remember how all the different kids were connected. The only problem is that I wanted each story to continue as an entire book! As usual, Jason Reynolds delivers another GREAT book, this one for middle schoolers about middle schoolers. Highly recommend.
What happens after school.....
Ten stories told in ten blocks. Each story features a different student, but also includes glimpses of the other stories. I wish I had taken some notes with each story as the digital galley did not include a table of contents and navigating around was not easily done. Each story seeks to bring understanding and open a window to walking home in the shoes of another. The characters vary greatly in voice, but tell a story for middle grade. Would recommend having parents/teachers read along with kids on this one as there are many issues touched on including cancer treatment, death, autism, behavior therapy, homosexuality, and economic disparities.