An unforgettable novel in verse about one boy’s role in a cycle of violence.
Recommended grade level: 8 and up
Pages: 320 (for ISBN 9781481438254)
Tone/Style: spare, hard-hitting
Summary: An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.