Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Daily Booktalk: Teen Tuesday - When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds. 256 p. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, August, 2015. 9781442459489.

This compelling first-person narrative was Reynolds' debut and won the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Ali lives with his mom and little sister in the Bedford-Stuyvesent section of Brooklyn. His best friends, Noodles and Needles live in the run-down brownstone next door with their drug-addicted mother. Ali feels protective of his friends and when the three of them end up in a place where they shouldn't be, Ali steps up and lives up to his namesake. But not without potentially dire consequences. Peopled with memorable characters and a vivid sense of place, this novel is un-put-downable.

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