A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Provides an intimate look at the emotional and practical challenges people face when pursuing artistic careers.
Believe in yourself. Surround yourself with people you believe in, who believe in you. Themes include empathy, perseverance, and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The main characters (the authors) exhibit loyalty, resilience, perseverance, and creativity.
The subject of the book is a best friendship between the two authors, one Black and one White, who are roommates in college and as young adults.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way. is a collaborative autobiography by poet Jason Reynolds and painter Jason Griffin. The two men have been best friends since college and were roommates in Brooklyn when they were aspiring artists. Now, Reynolds (Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks), a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, is a New York Times-bestselling author and the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Griffin is his frequent collaborator and a full-time painter. The book has no language, sex, violence, or substance use and has clear themes of empathy, perseverance, and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
This beautiful, inspiring autobiography encourages young people to hold their dreams close -- and their friends closer. In My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way. Reynolds and Griffin (who previously collaborated on Ain't Burned All the Bright) each display playfulness and humor in their work. Griffin's art communicates a childlike spirit through the use of collage, handwriting, bright colors, and borderless shapes. And Reynolds' poetry uses simple words and observations to raise existential questions young readers can relate to. Most of all, these best friends show readers how great it can be when somebody has your back, no matter what, and how rewarding it is to be that kind of friend.
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