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Long way down : the graphic novel / Jason Reynolds ; illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff.

Reynolds, Jason, (author.). Novgorodoff, Danica, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y G REY (Text) 33500013323803 New On holds shelf -
Moorhead Public Library Y G REY (Text) 33500013323811 New Checked out 02/05/2021
Hallock Public Library ya REY (Text) 35500006333759 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534444959
  • ISBN: 1534444955
  • ISBN: 9781534444966
  • ISBN: 1534444963
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14 up. Atheneum.
Grades 10-12. Atheneum.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
    *Starred Review* Reynolds' award-winning novel in verse, a spare, lyrical exploration of the reverberating effects of gun violence on one community, gets a compelling new look in this graphic adaptation. After Will's brother, Shawn, is killed in a shooting, Will vows to follow the long-standing rules: no crying; no snitching; get revenge. But as he descends in his building's elevator one morning on his way to fulfill the final rule—shooting the kid he's pretty sure shot his brother—a new ghost appears at each floor and makes him question what he's doing, even the rules themselves. Novgorodoff uses loose, aqueous watercolors in a rich palette to deftly complement the emotional, ghostly atmosphere of Reynolds' story: letters partly washed away suggest tears; splashes of dusky blues signify snapshot-like memories; emotional facial expressions zoom front and center; and thoughtfully placed negative space poignantly evokes the devastating absence gun violence leaves in its wake. Far more than just an illustration of the events of the novel, Novgorodoff's iteration powerfully cultivates the tone and mood of its source material, demonstrating just how effective and artful comics can be. This can easily stand on its own, but read in concert with Reynolds' novel, it will illuminate the story and its important themes with even more depth and empathy. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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 Stamped, 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

Danica Novgorodoff is an artist, writer, graphic designer, and horse wrangler who lives in Kentucky. Her books include A Late Freeze; Slow Storm; Refresh, Refresh (included in The Best American Comics 2011); and The Undertaking of Lily Chen. Her art and writing have been published in Artforum, Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, Orion, Seneca Review, Ecotone Literary Magazine, and many others. She was awarded a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in literature and was named Sarabande Books&; 2016 writer-in-residence. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Willapa Bay AiR. Visit her online at

Subject: Graphic novels.
Murder > Fiction.
Revenge > Fiction.
Ghosts > Fiction.
Brothers > Fiction.
Conduct of life > Fiction.
Genre: Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.

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