A short story collection for kids? What a delightfully subversive idea! Look Both Ways follows a bunch of different kids as they walk home from school. Four troublemakers are on a quest for cash to buy ice cream, a girl who loves to skateboard is subject to bullying, while another kid gets beaten up after he defends another kid whose been bullied. We learn how one kid became the class clown and why two other kids have a secret handshake. And as in the best collections, characters and incidents cross over from one story into another. The writing skews a little younger than some of Reynolds’s earlier books, but the themes are no less sophisticated. It’s no wonder that Reynolds was shortlisted for the National Book Award for his latest.— Daniel Goldin
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“In Look Both Ways, Jason Reynolds shines a light on ordinary walks home and turns them into the extraordinary without the need of magic or faraway lands. Instead, Reynolds shows how worthwhile the people and neighborhoods around us are, especially when you take the time to know what’s happening in people’s lives. The stories in Look Both Ways are heartfelt, engaging, funny, thoughtful, and, though sad at times, full of hope.”
— Alison Perine, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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