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This is a delightful book. Each chapter, of which there are 10, is the story of a group of friends from a large inner-city middle school who, by just seeing their interactions with each other and those around them, open up a glimpse inside their souls. Living in a predominantly white midwestern city, I found it fascinating and illuminating. I convinced my local book club to read it in an effort to open our sense of understanding and empathy to people very different from ourselves. I'd recommend you do the same.
I read this book for school and it really surprised me. When my teacher told me we were going to read this book I didn't think it would be anything special. After the first chapter I was already excited to read the book even more. The clever small similarities in each chapter really hooked me. The last chapter wa my favorite as all the stories intertwined to help tell the last main characters story. Jasob Reynolds dod an amazibg job and I can't wait to read it all again. Spectacular job Mr.Reynolds, spectacular .
Jason Reynolds has a way of weaving stories together with the reader finding connections from the heart with the characters. The characters each have their own challenges and although they do not see each other, you do notice connections in changes in setting. Look Both Ways is unique in that the stories take place at the end of the school day as the character’s walk home, but each block has a different set of characters and story.
I was granted an advance read copy and rate Jason Reynolds as one of my favorite YA and MG authors. Look Both Ways is a middle grade option, which reminds me more of the Track series.
Jason Reynolds is a masterful storyteller and Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks doesn’t disappoint. Ten short stories, featuring characters in middle school, are cleverly woven together in both humorous and poignant ways. But all of them are sure to engage kids. Each chapter averages around 15 pages (perfect for reading aloud) and tackles a topic not far removed from experiences kids encounter in middle grades. And these topics will definitely prompt discussion starting with the first chapter on boogers and others focusing on bullying, parental illness, and homophobia.
I am a retired elementary teacher. I loved EVERYTHING about this book! The stories, the voice, the lessons!! I would have read this to my 6th graders. I did order it, and the boxed set, to give to a child who I believe will enjoy them. Thank you Jason Reynolds. I now have another favorite author!
My son has read many Jason R's books. He said Look Both Ways is great that the narration is very nature. He can picture his friends saying and doing the things in the book (his words "doesn't sound like the writer pretended to be young and used hip words, it's not cringey). This is a book he willingly picked up and read instead of me pushing him to read.
Jason Reynolds doesn't disappoint. Ten short stories told by ten different characters. The chapters are short, but it's funny how well you feel you know the character at the end of each one. Love this book. I think it would be a great class book for grades 5 and 6. I was planning on using it in my 8th grade class and it's a bit too easy for them.