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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
Long Way Down by
Publication Date: 2019
Determined to avenge his 19-year-old brother's death, Will, age 15, takes his brother's gun out of their shared bedroom to kill the person he's certain is the murderer, but it's a long way down in the elevator.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man by
Publication Date: 2018
Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.
But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities.
As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures on the historical "benefits" of slavery and the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.
Look Both Ways by
Publication Date: 2019
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy-- Talking about boogers. Stealing pocket change. Skateboarding. Wiping out. Braving up. Executing complicated handshakes. Planning an escape. Making jokes. Lotioning up. Finding comfort. But mostly, too busy walking home. Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
"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