Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning American author who specializes in novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. Known for his vibrant storytelling and insightful portrayal of urban life, Reynolds has written several popular books, including 'Long Way Down,' 'Ghost,' and 'Look Both Ways.' His work often tackles themes of identity, race, and coming-of-age experiences.


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  1. 1. Long Way Down

    In this gripping and thought-provoking novel, a young African American teenager named Will faces a life-altering decision after his older brother is shot and killed. Set in an elevator, the story unfolds over the course of sixty seconds as Will descends to the ground floor, contemplating whether to seek revenge on his brother's murderer. Along the way, he encounters a series of individuals who challenge his perspective on violence, justice, and the cycle of retribution. With powerful prose and a raw emotional intensity, the book explores themes of grief, systemic racism, and the complexities of personal choices.

    The 6922nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Ghost

    The book tells the story of a young boy named Castle Cranshaw, who is trying to escape his troubled past. He discovers his talent for sprinting when he joins a local track team. The coach becomes a mentor to him, and his teammates become his friends. As he trains for the Junior Olympics, he learns about discipline, teamwork, and dealing with his past. The book tackles themes of trauma, redemption, and the power of sports.

    The 8963rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Stamped

    This book offers a gripping exploration of the history of racist ideas in America, tracing their origins and evolution over time. It challenges the conventional narrative by examining the role of influential figures and pivotal moments that have contributed to the perpetuation and dissemination of these ideas. Aimed at a younger audience, the text presents a thought-provoking and accessible account of the insidious nature of racism, encouraging readers to reflect on their own beliefs and the societal structures that uphold racial inequities. Through a powerful and engaging narrative, the book seeks to empower readers with knowledge and the impetus to be part of the solution in creating a more just society.

    The 9416th Greatest Book of All Time