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Jason Reynolds

Biography

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His debut novel was WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST and was followed by BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT and ALL AMERICAN BOYS (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); AS BRAVE AS YOU; JUMP ANYWAY; and the first two books in the Track series, GHOST and PATINA.

Jason Reynolds

Books by Jason Reynolds

by Jason Reynolds - Children's, Children's 10-14, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease will kill her. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude, and now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?

by Jason Reynolds - Children's, Children's 10-14, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that --- not to mention the gold chains and diamond earrings --- no one’s gonna outshine him. Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu’s way --- literally and not-so-literally --- and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means.

written by Sharon Flake with a foreword by Jason Reynolds - Children's 10+, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they're not getting at her about her homemade clothes or her good grades, it's about her dark, black skin. When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too. But the new teacher's attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she's in. Can Maleeka learn to do the same?

by Jason Reynolds - Children's, Children's 10-14, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Sports, Youth Fiction
With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.
by Jason Reynolds - Children's, Children's 10-14, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Sports, Youth Fiction

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. 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 if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

by Jason Reynolds - Children's, Children's 10+, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn to spend the summer with their grandparents --- in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder --- is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?