Author Spotlight: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. He is also a champion of local, independent bookstores as the American Booksellers Association’s spokesperson for Indies First.

[pb_blockquote author=”Jason Reynolds”]“Bookstores are not just for selling books, they are community spaces, we need them more than we give credit to. Let’s connect with our community, our neighbors, booksellers are heroes and let that be known.” [/pb_blockquote]

Listen to audiobooks by Jason Reynolds on Libro.fm:

Long Way Down

[pb_blockquote author=”Jason Reynolds”]”What I hope listeners take from this audiobook and what I really want to resonate is that freedom has less to do with making dreams come true. Freedom has everything to do with having the courage to have a dream.”[/pb_blockquote]

This fiercely stunning novel 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.

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Track Series (GhostPatinaSunny, and Lu)

Ghost. Patina. Sunny. Lu. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds, with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics. They all have a lot of lose, but they all have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

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For Every One, written and narrated by Jason Reynolds

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

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