Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks


Written by Jason Reynolds, Illustrated by Alexander Nabaum | Paperback

From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kidswalks home can take.

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school--This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy-- 

Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Wiping out.
Braving up.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
Making jokes.
Lotioning up.
Finding comfort.
But mostly, too busy walking home.

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.


**Kristen's Staff Pick**

I adore Middle Grade fiction, even though you couldn't pay me to relive those years of my life. The desire for independence, the awkwardness of growth, the impact of family and friendship, all of those forces create relatable, lovable characters. Look Both Ways unites a multitude of middle school perspectives around the journey home from school, the detours of our personal lives, and the mystery of a bus that falls from the sky. This collection dismantles assumptions made by classmates in close proximity but often miles apart in their understanding of each other. Entertaining, enlightening, and empathetic: these short stories are not just for middle grade students.


A National Book Award Finalist!
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019

Time Best Children's Book of 2019
Today Show Best Kids' Book of 2019
Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
"As innovative as it is emotionally arresting." --Entertainment Weekly