As Brave As You

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By Jason Reynolds
Publisher Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
As Brave As You
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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 backfiresliterallyin this pitchperfect contemporary novel (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by the winner of the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award.Genies 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 Virginiain the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck, Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool RayBans). 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 hes ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the houseas in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing intoa room so full of songbirds and plants that its almost as if its been pulled insideouthe begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all. Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. Its 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 Ernies reluctance, Genie is left to wonderis bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you wont do?

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77216 words77,216 words
432 pages432 pages
Lexile 750LLexile 750L
Grade 5 to 12Grade 5 to 12
Age 10-17Age 10-17
Published 2017Published 2017

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