Jason Reynolds

Cindy Seip

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, 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), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. In Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (Simon & Schuster) Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life. It’s a story that includes talking about boogers, stealing pocket change, skateboarding, wiping out, complicated handshakes but mostly, walking home. In a starred review Kirkus noted that in Look Both Ways “Reynolds’ gift for capturing the voices and humanity of urban teens is on full display […] Brims with humor, pathos, and the heroic struggle to grow up.”