As Brave as You

As Brave as You

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Kirkus Award Finalist
Schneider Family Book Award Winner
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally--in this piercing middle grade novel by the winner of the Coretta Scott King - Johnson Steptoe Award.

Genie's summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia--in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and--being a curious kid--Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he's ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house--as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into--a room so full of songbirds and plants that it's almost as if it's been pulled inside-out--he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

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. None. Nada. 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?
Publisher: New York : Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481415903
Branch Call Number: J FIC Reyno
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 22 cm

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When Genie and Ernie spend the summer with their grandparents secrets are revealed and lives are changed.


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JCLDianaS Nov 14, 2017

Jason Reynolds is an amazing writer with so much voice! I felt like I was right there with the boys as they discovered so much about their family and themselves over the course of a summer.

DPLjosie Jun 23, 2017

Strong sense of family ties and challenges, plus a view of a rural community from the eyes of two urban-raised brothers.

MB9 Sep 15, 2016

I loved the complexity and depth of the family relationships in this book. Reynolds deftly explores big issues through the eyes of a relatable character. Highly recommended for ages 9-13.

AL_CATHERINE Aug 24, 2016

Genie is a delight! I loved how he questioned everything and his running list of questions for Google. I think he could have a bright future as a librarian. :)

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MB9 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

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