"You Can't Be What You Can't See": A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

JasonReynolds_200Jason Reynolds is on a roll. Last year his middle grade novel, Ghost, was a National Book Award finalist and this year he's published three new books.  In August, Reynolds released Miles Morales: Spidermana fantastic young adult superhero novel that brings the authors' enthusiasm for the classic character to the page (you can read more about it here). Close on the heels of Miles Morales came Patina, the follow-up to Ghost, and this month Reynolds published Long Way Down--one of the most powerful and moving young adult novels I've read all year. 

Long Way Down is written in short bursts on the page, a timeline only as long as it takes to go down an elevator, but in that short time  a young man experiences the powerful emotions that accompany a sudden loss and faces life-changing choices. 

Below is a short video of my conversation with Reynolds about his books, winning and losing awards, and what drives him to write.

*Long Way Down is one of our Best Young Adult books of October



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Great interview! I absolutely love Jason Reynolds books! I have one class of about 25 9th grade English students this year. Our goal, as a class, is to read as many of his books that we can with the time we have and money we are able to raise to purchase them. I love the end of the interview when he said that when kids see him, it helps them realize that they, too, can be successful, just like him. That is so true! I can tell them all day they can be anything they want in life, but seeing someone who looks like them and who lived a life similar to their own, it's more believable and doesn't seem so out of reach. Such an inspiration and what a great role model! Thank you so much for all you do to help teens find themselves and learn about the world, all while developing a love for reading! Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Tara Brown | Monday November 20, 2017 at 12:43 PM

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