2017 National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature

Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds
Long Way Down
(Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster)
ISBN: 9781481438254

National Book Foundation: What books or writers most influence your own work?
Jason Reynolds: ANYTHING by: James Baldwin, Walter Dean Myers, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Jesmyn Ward. Literally, ANYTHING they've written. Oh, and I love John A. Williams's, "Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light," which is grossly underrated.
Foundation: What’s your favorite bookstore or library?
Reynolds: My favorite bookstore is, The Strand. It's like a literary treasure hunt, and because it's in New York and has been around so long, it's easy to stumble upon some extraordinarily rare gems. Definitely my favorite.

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

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 sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

About the Author

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award Finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. He is the author of When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As YouJump Anyway, and the first two books in the Track series, Ghost and Patina.


- WEBSITE: jasonwritesbooks.com

- TWITTER: @JasonReynolds83

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