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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Moving, interwoven stories of Black middle schoolers.

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age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Around a Neighborhood

These are short stories that focus in on different kids' experiences around a neighborhood. Each child has a story. There is pain and humor. It's real life scenarios. Parents can hope for only Beezus and Ramona type childhoods for their kids but that isn't reality. I like that this helps kids understand what friendships may ask from them - comfort, attention, and deep caring.
age 15+


I had the reviews of this book and so I very was shocked by some of the words and social situations described in this book. We stopped reading it mid chapter and mid book. Although the words were easy reading for a 10 year old the subject matters were not.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This poignant book captures the roller-coaster of emotions that go along with middle school life: humor, sadness, and fear all mixed up. Look Both Ways author Jason Reynolds is a gifted poet and novelist, a National Book Award finalist whose other awards include the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, the John Newbery Medal, and the NAACP Image Award, to name just a few. Though this book is a work of prose, it works like poetry; every word and sentence is so densely packed that the meaning comes to life from images without a lot of action or plot.

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