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Jason Reynolds

Biography

Jason Reynolds

After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he gets home. WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST is his debut novel.

Books by Jason Reynolds

by Jason Reynolds - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s 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.

Written by Jason Reynolds with illustrations by Kadir Nelson. - Adventure, Comic Books, Fiction, Superhero , Young Adult 12+

Miles Morales is just your average teenager: chilling out playing video games with his best friend, crushing on beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities, but he can't shake the nightmares that continue to haunt him or the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures. After his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood and himself at risk. It's time for Miles to suit up.

by Jason Reynolds - Children's 10+, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team --- a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

by Jason Reynolds - Children's, Children's 10+, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn to spend the summer with their grandparents --- in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder --- is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely - Coming of Age, Youth Fiction

A bag of chips. That’s all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

by Jason Reynolds - Young Adult 13+

Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died --- although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home; he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging 15 bucks an hour. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s been through more than he can imagine, and yet, Lovey never cries. He’s drawn to her, perhaps because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness --- and who can maybe even help take it away.

by Jason Reynolds - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head --- even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.