When I Was The Greatest

When I Was The Greatest

Paperback - 2015
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In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head--even if you're totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls "a funny and rewarding read" captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don't really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Nah, not his thing. Ali's got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there's a dude looking for trouble--and, somehow, it's always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy's gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it's all small potatoes; it's not like anyone's getting hurt.

And then there's Needles. Needles is Noodles's brother. He's got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It's cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn't mean anything by it.

Yeah, it's cool...until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be...somewhere they never should've been--where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 2015
ISBN: 9781442459489
1442459484

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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.

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

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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

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.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/when_i_was_the_greatest_reynolds

When Ali and his friends Needles and Noodles get in trouble at a party, they turn to an unlikely source to help them out.

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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AL_CATHERINE Aug 31, 2016

Full disclosure: this is not usually my preferred area for reading but I was riveted by this story! The story felt so real and I rooted for Ali, Noodles, and Needles the whole time. I also loved that Reynolds challenged stereotypes at every turn.

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jannylegs
Jul 11, 2016

Fresh voice, touching & funny, realistic story with a happy ending.

JCLHelenH Feb 15, 2016

Gently illustrates the challenges of an urban, poor experience.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

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.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/when_i_was_the_greatest_reynolds

ChristchurchLib 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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PimaLib_Teens 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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