Long Way DownBook - 2017
From Library Staff
Will's brother Shawn has been murdered. In this free-verse novel, fifteen-year-old Will steps into an elevator with a gun in the back waistband of his jeans, ready to avenge his brother's death, as he’s been taught to do. At each stop on the elevator down, someone connected to his brother gets on... Read More »
JCLHannahJaneC Feb 08, 2018
Jason Reynolds is such an amazing writer, and these poems beautifully reveal the powerful story of Will's haunting elevator journey. The idea of a different ghost getting on the elevator at each floor is quite clever. Though I knew each new character was delivering the same message, I was always ... Read More »
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know. its beautifully written verse format makes it a swift read.
JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2017
Will knows one way to grieve, dictated by the rules passed down for generations: no crying; no snitching; always get revenge. His uncle and father have already been victim to the cyclic system created by these rules, and last night his brother joined them. Will is desperately heartbroken, so he f... Read More »