Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

eBook - 2019 | First edition.
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Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481438308
Characteristics: 1 online resource (188 pages) : color illustrations.
Contents: Water booger bears
The low cuts strike again
Skitter hitter
How to look (both) both ways
Call of duty
Five things easier to do than Simeon's and Kenzi's secret handshake
Satchmo's master plan
Cokabooka land
How a boy can become a grease fire
The broom dog.
Summary: Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.


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Jan 29, 2021

Look Both Ways is a story from different groups of people's perspective, who all go to the same school. From one person's point of view, you might see a bully. But from another, you see a kind school kid. It gives the reader a puzzle with a piece missing, and the reader has to find the last piece to complete it!
I highly enjoyed this book, and will recommend to anyone who wants a heartwarming story to read!

Jan 18, 2021

I really enjoyed this book. Its simple enough for younger readers to enjoy the story, and yet complex enough for older readers to get something out of it. The stories are compelling, emotional, and heartwarming. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick but meaningful read.

Aug 25, 2020

Middle school/teen book

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 07, 2020

So much love for this sad, funny, sweet, poignant middle grade read! Jason Reynolds is one of my faves.

jcljessicaj Apr 06, 2020

My favorite Jason Reynolds book yet. It's so fascinating to see the connections between people and the effect they have on one another in such a short amount of time and space. I really enjoyed how each chapter was its own short story.

Nov 10, 2019

i think it is a cool concept to have different stories for every kid at the same school but i find a lot of the stories boring af. remember code lazarbeam

Tigard_HollyCP Oct 28, 2019

Reading this book of interconnected short stories won't take you much longer than “a school bus falling from the sky.” You meet 10 different groups of kids who all attend the same school on 10 different streets on their way home from school. Each story could stand alone, but as you read the chapters, you get to know the different kids through different perspectives. In fact, I quickly reread it after reading it the first time so I could remember how all the different kids were connected. The only problem is that I wanted each story to continue as an entire book! As usual, Jason Reynolds delivers another GREAT book, this one for middle schoolers about middle schoolers. Highly recommend.

debwalker Oct 08, 2019

What happens after school.....

Oct 05, 2019

Ten stories told in ten blocks. Each story features a different student, but also includes glimpses of the other stories. I wish I had taken some notes with each story as the digital galley did not include a table of contents and navigating around was not easily done. Each story seeks to bring understanding and open a window to walking home in the shoes of another. The characters vary greatly in voice, but tell a story for middle grade. Would recommend having parents/teachers read along with kids on this one as there are many issues touched on including cancer treatment, death, autism, behavior therapy, homosexuality, and economic disparities.


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