Look Both Ways: A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
ISBN: 148143828X
EAN13: 9781481438285
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 8, 2019
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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One of AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of 2019

A National Book Award Finalist
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019

A Time Best Children's Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Kids' Book of 2019
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
As innovative as it is emotionally arresting. --Entertainment Weekly

From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids' walks home can take.

This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy--

Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Skateboarding.
Wiping out.
Braving up.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
Making jokes.
Lotioning up.
Finding comfort.
But mostly, too busy walking Read More chevron_right

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   Kept waiting for more- didn’t deliver for me
I couldn't connect with this book. I kept waiting for a grand “a-ha!, Mr. Booher told me. But that moment never came. One line in the story repeated throughout the entire article. I didn't feel much of a connection to any of the characters because there were so many, and not enough time to spend with each of them, he said. I was hoping this could be a class read, but I wouldn't recommend it for that purpose. It does provide a moral lesson of never knowing what other people are going through, and community is all connected somehow, but it felt forced.
 
5
   The inner life of black kids, brilliantly written
From the creators of The Martians comes a collection of short stories that will amaze you. Jason Reynolds has covered every major story involving Microsoft's spin-offs. I read his books twice - for the compelling story and for the fun of watching his tale-telling skills, Mrs. Goin said.
 
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   Great for struggling readers
I have some struggling readers, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. This book works well with them because of multiple reasons, we're told. One reason is that it is short and has an easy vocabulary. Another reason is that each chapter differs from the next. It works well for students who have a problem focusing and are struggling with reading.
 
5
   Excellent book of interconnected short stories.
Jason Reynolds and the boys are off to Las Vegas. Ten short stories by ten different authors. The jokes are short, but it's how well you feel you know the character at the end of each chapter. This book is by far the best. I think it would be great for grades 5 and 6. I was planning on using it in my 8th grade class and it was too easy for them, Math teacher Melissa said.
 
5
   Wonderful read!
Jason Reynolds has a knack of weaving stories together with the reader finding connections between the characters. Although the two characters do not see each other, you can notice connections in changes in setting. Rather than a traditional story, each block has a different set of characters and story. I was granted an advance read and rate Jason Reynolds as one of my favorite YA and MG authors. I'm not a huge fan of the Track series, but this is a middle-grade option that reminds me of the Atari games.
 
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   This one will prompt discussion with readers
Jason Reynolds is a master storyteller and his Look Both Ways A Tale Told in Ten Blocks is a worthy addition to the fiction category. Ten short stories, each featuring a middle schooler, are cleverly woven together in both humorous and poignant ways. Each chapter averages around 15 pages and tackles a topic not far removed from experiences kids encounter in middle school. The book kicks off with a chapter on boogers and others, followed by discussions of bullying, parental illness, and homophobia.
 
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   Meh!
It just didn't strike me. I think it's a good idea to go with the short story format, too. I won't recommend it to my 8th grade students.
 
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