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Long Way Down

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book (nominee)
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
An ode to "Put the Damn Guns Down", this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times best seller Jason Reynolds' fiercely stunning novel that takes place in 60 potent seconds - the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE.

Or, you can call it a gun. That's what 15-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun.

He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that's when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn's gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn't know that Shawn had ever actually used his gun. Bigger huh.

Buck is dead. But Buck's in the elevator? Just as Will's trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck's cigarette. Will doesn't know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, misses.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an end...if Will gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could be told only by Jason Reynolds.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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January 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 0-571-33511-X / 978-0-571-33511-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 1-4814-3825-5 / 978-1-4814-3825-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 1-4814-3826-3 / 978-1-4814-3826-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 0-571-33512-8 / 978-0-571-33512-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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January 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Long Way Down
Author(s): Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA