Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a novel in verse, aimed at young adults. As well as becoming a New York Times bestseller, Long Way Down has won a string of prestigious awards, including a Newbery Honor. The action takes place in sixty seconds, as a 15-year-old boy called Will decides whether or not to shoot the person who killed his brother.
The book is "dedicated to the young brothers and sisters in detention centers around the country, the ones I've seen and the ones I haven't. You are loved."
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