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HUM 7 - Independent Reading 2020: Jason Reynolds



Pronouns: He/him
Originally from: Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Oxon Hill, Maryland
Fun fact: Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old. His reading and writing focused on poetry for about 20 more years; he was 17 before he read his first novel cover to cover.

Books on Sora

"I write books because at the end of the day... the greatest gift that we can give one another is the gift of own stories. If I can give you my story, that means that I've basically given you a huge part of myself, and I'm trusting you with that. ...The minute that you read one of my books, you and I are friends. We know each other. That means that you know there's somebody in the world who you may see or you may not see, who is thinking of you. And that is a powerful, powerful tool when things get tough."

—Jason Reynolds, live on stage at the 2018 National Book Festival 



  • 2018 Newbery Medal
  • Audie Award for Middle Grade
  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth / Teens
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • 2018 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult