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As Brave As You

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.

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age 10+

Family, the good and the bad.

So first the warnings. Mentions of divorce, abuse, suicide, war, and death of a (adult) child. So I like to read books before I put them on my shelf for students and this one has been in my closet a few weeks. Honestly I'm not sure what I was expecting but it was really good. The story is about two brother who live in the city, going to their grandparents for the summer (who they mostly only know through phone conversations) so their parents can spend the summer mending their relationship. They soon learn their relationship has mostly been over the phone because their father has a strained relationship with his father (the grandpa). They spend the summer doing as boys do in the country but also discovering the history of their family and all the scars with it.

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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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Endearing, relevant, and enthralling, this novel offers a glimpse into the lives of one family in the lazy days of summer and captures the natural shifting dynamic that occurs in families over time. The boys rely on each other when the grown-up world gets to be too much, and their relationship and Genie's openness help the family to heal long-standing rifts. Author Jason Reynolds is a master storyteller. He creates characters that are so real, readers forget they don't actually know Genie, Ernie, and their grandfather.

Reynolds is not afraid to dig into topics others shy away from, yet somehow, in AS BRAVE AS YOU, he balances the weight of those topics with the natural lightheartedness of youth. Genie's character and his observations are funny and insightful and straddle the line between precociousness and typical 11-year-old (mis)understandings. This is a great family read.

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