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For Every One
Contributor(s): Reynolds, Jason
ISBN: 1481486241     ISBN-13: 9781481486248
Publisher: Atheneum
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Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
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Annotation: "Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds's rallying cry to the dreamers of the world. Jump Anyway is for kids who dream. Kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason, a self-professed dreamer. In it, Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. He inched that number up to eighteen, then twenty-five years old..Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don't know how to dream, or don't dare to dream because they've NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish--because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won't get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith and...jump anyway"--
Additional Information
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2017036160
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Caitlyn Dlouhy
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.61 lbs) 101 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

As Reynolds writes in an introductory note: "When I started writing this, I didn't know what it was." He goes on to explain that this handsomely presented collection of short, loosely connected poems was first written at a time (in his 20s) when he struggled to hold onto his own ambitions. In extemporaneous, ruminating fashion and in fonts reminiscent of handwriting and typewriter print, the poems confess Reynolds's insecurities, hopes, and struggles throughout the stages of his personal and professional development: "At sixteen / I thought / I would've made it / by now. / Now / I'm making up / what making it / means." Reynolds asserts that his successes have come by way of perseverance, passion, plenty of missteps, and possibly some luck, suggesting that readers, too, will find their way. He modestly emphasizes throughout that he cannot speak to the experiences of others and that even when it comes to his own achievements: "I don't know nothing about that." Yet readers will take to heart both his message of solidarity and his assertion that every person's journey is theirs alone to discover. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 7 Up—Reynolds dedicates this lyrical masterpiece "to the dreamers, to the courageous, and everyone who wants to be," though in his author's note he admits the book-length poem began as a letter to himself "to keep from quitting." He writes "from a place of raw honesty/and love/but not at all/a place of expertise on/how to make your/dreams come true." This same humility and vulnerability permeates the entire work. Reynolds intersperses his own internal battles and unattained hopes as he validates the compulsion to achieve big goals, but that the slog toward them (rather than "making it") may be all there is (and maybe that's enough). The book's unconventionality, tone, spirit, and design will remind Reynolds' most dedicated fans of his first book, My Name Is Jason. Mine, Too: Our Story. Our Way. The notion that even a successful author can doubt themselves will be revelatory to teens. Those seeking a neatly packaged graduation gift book littered with platitudes would be wise to look elsewhere; this latest from Reynolds will challenge readers and undoubtedly inspire, comfort, and validate anyone aspiring to make or do, especially those who have a long road ahead of them. VERDICT A powerful and affirming book-length poem for teens.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ

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