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When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head-even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding read” captures the heart 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 cooluntil Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to besomewhere they never should’ve been-where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgivingJason Reyn



About Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. He is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely, also the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award);As Brave As You, his stunning middle grade debut that was a Time Book of the Year; and Ghost, the first book in his middle grade Track series that was a Kirkus Prize winner. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

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