Jason 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: Spiderman, a 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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