My school is located in a small community in NC. Because of poverty, lack of education, and lack of resources, a lot of my students have never even traveled outside my hometown. In class, we read stories from all over the globe, and this gives my students opportunities to can learn about different cultures. It is extremely important to me that they are exposed to as much literature and outside culture as possible, so I have created projects to help get resources for this.
I am working on building my classroom library and am in need of books for my students to read, ones that will not only hold their attention but provide enough of a challenge to strengthen their literacy skills.
A new book by Jason Reynolds is always exciting—it’s well established that he’s up there with our favorite authors. So when I heard that he had a new novel coming out—in verse—I knew that I had to get my hands on it immediately.
Long Way Down is about fifteen-year-old, Will, whose brother, Shawn, has just been murdered.
Will is overwhelmed with grief, but he knows the rules his brother taught him: No crying. No snitching. Get revenge. So Will takes his brother’s gun and gets in the elevator, going out to find and kill the person he thinks killed his brother. But this is no ordinary elevator ride—as the door opens on each floor, a new person steps in; all of them are people from Will’s life who have been victims of gun violence, and they have things to tell Will that will change everything he thinks he knows.
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