When I Was the Greatest

Reynolds, Jason

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When I Was the Greatest
Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442459472
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rey
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm


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Ali, Noodles, and Needles find themselves in over their heads at a party for much older kids and turn to an unlikely source for help.

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May 13, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a powerful story about friendship and family, showing how they might not always be perfect but are still tremendously important in both good and bad times.

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Mar 04, 2014

"Ali's Brooklyn neighbourhood has a reputation for drugs, guns, and violence, but Ali doesn't have time for any of that. On top of school and boxing, he's got to look out for his little sister Jazz, his best friend Noodles (who loves comic books and trouble), and Noodles' brother Needles (who knits as a way of coping with Tourette's syndrome). Though he's loyal to a fault, Ali finds himself questioning his friendships after a misunderstanding at an illicit party puts his life in danger. Fans of Coe Booth who are looking for more unflinching-yet-hopeful urban fiction should definitely pick up this authentic debut novel." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a2d2fecb-0036-4e36-bcd4-d3276847a40f?postId=2f01dac0-7358-4d12-879a-5d09c90eb51c


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Mar 13, 2015

Quote from author Jason Reynolds....
"Here's what I plan to do: NOT WRITE BORING BOOKS.
That's it, and that's all."

This guy really gets it! Definitely an author to watch! See Jason at the Tucson Festival of Books.


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