When I Was the Greatest

When I Was the Greatest

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds, a "funny and rewarding" (Publishers Weekly) coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty across neighborhood lines 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 141 x 210 x 19mm | 227g
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • w. ill. by Michael Frost
  • 1442459484
  • 9781442459489
  • 507,980

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* "Reynolds...addresses much more--race and class divisions in New York, taking ownership of one's actions, and standing up for what's right--without ever sounding preachy. Reynolds also upends tired stereotypes...while leaving in enough sass and grit to keep the story believable. Snappy descriptions...and a hard-won ending round out a funny and rewarding read." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About Jason Reynolds

Reynolds, Jason
Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
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4,596 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 30% (1,391)
4 44% (2,011)
3 20% (937)
2 4% (192)
1 1% (65)
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