As Brave As You

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 10+

Great!

I'm a teacher of 5th graders, but taught 7th/8th grade English for years prior. I think this book is fine for mature 10 year old readers and those who enjoy reading, but it was tough to get into for more reluctant readers I had in 7th grade. The content isn't inappropriate for 10 yo's at all--but definitely not any younger. I'd say most 6th graders would be able to handle it--all the way up to high schoolers (and adults). It does open with kids cleaning up dog poop, so some "surrendered" the book after that--others knew it was just a chapter and the book wasn't about that!! I liked it a lot--Jason Reynolds is a talented writer--this is very different from his Track Series (Ghost, Patina, etc, which I enjoyed more), but still a great read.

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age 10+

Enjoyable family listen

We listened to this as a family and really enjoyed it. Funny, sweet, poignant intergenerational family relationships. It does deal with divorce tangentiallly, and the language is occasionally worse than what is listed above. That was disappointing for middle grade fiction, particularly with an exclamatory, “Jesus Christ” and a few instances of “hell.”

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