Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, c2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481438285
Branch Call Number: J REY
Characteristics: 188 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Nabaum, Alexander


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Jan 29, 2021

Look Both Ways is a story from different groups of people's perspective, who all go to the same school. From one person's point of view, you might see a bully. But from another, you see a kind school kid. It gives the reader a puzzle with a piece missing, and the reader has to find the last piece to complete it!
I highly enjoyed this book, and will recommend to anyone who wants a heartwarming story to read!

Jan 18, 2021

I really enjoyed this book. Its simple enough for younger readers to enjoy the story, and yet complex enough for older readers to get something out of it. The stories are compelling, emotional, and heartwarming. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick but meaningful read.

Aug 25, 2020

Middle school/teen book

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 07, 2020

So much love for this sad, funny, sweet, poignant middle grade read! Jason Reynolds is one of my faves.

jcljessicaj Apr 06, 2020

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.

Nov 10, 2019

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

Tigard_HollyCP Oct 28, 2019

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.

debwalker Oct 08, 2019

What happens after school.....

Oct 05, 2019

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.

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