Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Recommended by Maria Howard (@MsHoward01)

Form and genre: poetry, crime

Length: 306 pages

Summary: Will wants to get revenge for his brothers murder. He enters the lift with his brothers gun in the back of his jeans but he has a long way down. As Will’s descent continues, more and more people enter the lift that make him question if getting revenge is his only option.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Explores themes of: gang culture, violence, revenge. Contains some offensive language. Would recommend for Y9 and above.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: A story told through poetry – absolutely stunning.