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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019

And then there were shots.... 

Everybody ran, ducked, hid, tucked themselves tight. Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us.

After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn's gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will's friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that.

As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he's doing. This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.

©2019 Jason Reynolds (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • amberscroggie
  • 17-02-2021

Such a wonderful read.

The story was so moving, I recommend everyone read this amazing book by Jason Reynolds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2020

A return to the Top

I didn’t want to get off the elevator but ride it over and over again. I wanted to smell the the stifling smoke and learn more about the trauma the trauma filling the elevator. There was so much thought, so much insight in such a compact amount of time. Every anagram shifted the heart toward a new emotion. To the floor I will return and let the story become gravity.

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  • Noelle S.
  • 07-08-2020

The Narration Adds So Much

I've already read the paperback, but Reynolds' voice created so much more depth and atmosphere. He became the characters, it was almost like uncovering an entire new layer to the story and especially to the protagonist Will. As he said in the interview, any other interpretation couldn't have possibly captured the intended tone as well.

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  • Cathy Smyth
  • 27-06-2020

Powerful

This should be required reading for every high school reader. For myself, it was a reminder of the white privilege I enjoy everyday.

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  • Cece
  • 19-03-2021

Art.

Jason Reynold's words hit like bullets. For a novel in verse, I prefer to hear rather than read, especially if it's the author doing the narration. In a quick hour-and-half, Reynolds has managed to tell the story of a family eaten by violence, believing at each step, that the answer was more violence. I have laughed and cried in the same line. Everyone needs to hear this. Truly, truly great.

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  • Kate K
  • 26-01-2021

Explosive and poetic

Just a brilliant brilliant short novel in verse. It’s full of such pain and sorrow, but also so much love and beauty. Narration perfect. I couldn’t stop listening. Such urgency, such claustrophobic clarity of it, and the shattered fragments of narration. Wow, what a discovery.

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