Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Book - 2017
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A cannon. A strap. A burner. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE
Or, you can call it a gun. Thats what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. Thats where Wills now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brothers gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who hes after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And thats when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawns gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didnt know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Bucks in the elevator? Just as Wills trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Bucks cigarette. Will doesnt know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.
And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END&if WILL gets off that elevator.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481438254
1481438255
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION REYNO...J
Characteristics: pages cm
Notes: "A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."

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Winner-Young Adult category

AND IN THIRD PLACE.................... A cannon. A strap. A burner. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE. Or, you can call it a gun. That's what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And... Read More »

2018 NEWBERY HONOR BOOK

"A vastly diferent book for Greenwich, incredibly moving. An inner-city teenager plans to exact revenge for his older brother's being gunned down the day before. The story, told in free verse, takes place in the span of minutes as the teenager takes the elevator from the apartment he shares ... Read More »


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