November 23, 2017

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As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason. As Brave as You. 410p. S. & S./Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481415903.
Gr 5-8–Reynolds’s engaging middle grade debut stars 11-year-old African American Genie Harris, an inveterate worrywart who considers Google his best friend, and his older brother Ernie, who is well on his way to being a cool dude (sunglasses and all). The born and bred Brooklynites are to spend a month with their grandparents in rural Virginia while their parents take a long overdue […]

“When I Was The Greatest” Book Cover Provokes Concern From Brooklyn Parents

Despite complaints from a contingent of parents about a photo of a gun on the cover, the New York City Department of Education has no plans to remove Jason Reynolds’s YA novel from lists of suggested reading material for seventh and eighth graders.

All American Boys

All American Boys, Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely Atheneum Books for Young Readers, September 2015 Reviewed from final copy My high school students will find that this novel hits very close to home. As residents of New York City, many of them joined and organized protests when grand juries decided not to indict the police […]

Forays into Foreign Territory | Teens Forging an Identity

Immersing readers in the minds of the male protagonists, these three recent coming-of-age YA novels awaken teens to settings, people, and ideas they might not otherwise have encountered.

The Boy in the Black Suit

The Boy in the Black Suit, Jason Reynolds Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 2015 Reviewed from final copy Sometimes people who are grieving can find comfort in structured routines. Matt Miller, the titular boy of The Boy in the Black Suit, doesn’t just adopt a routine; he gets a job at a local funeral […]

Jason Reynolds on Building Houses and Affirming Young Lives | SummerTeen 2015

The coauthor of “All American Boys” and 2015 SummerTeen keynoter describes how his family, music, and teen years shaped his outlook and ambitions as a writer. Watch a video of Reynolds’s speech.

Top-Notch YA Novels with Male Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Teen readers are in for a treat with these books featuring male protagonists. Whether it’s a new book in the series or a standalone title, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild live up to the promise that we’ve come to expect from these books by award-winning writers.

Hollywood Starlets, Charming Con Men, & Lethal Assassins | What’s Hot in YA

From Ally Condie’s /Atlantia to Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, these latest books for teens will inspire, infuriate, and tug at the hearstrings (and nerves) of readers.