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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Alexander Nabaum

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208 pages

Suggested age 10 and up

A National Book Award Finalist

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019

New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019

A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions a walk 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.
Skateboarding.
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: Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (October 8, 2019)

FORMAT: Hardcover