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Long Way Down: Introduction
Long Way Down: Plot Summary
Long Way Down: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Long Way Down: Themes
Long Way Down: Quotes
Long Way Down: Characters
Long Way Down: Symbols
Long Way Down: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jason Reynolds
Historical Context of Long Way Down
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- Full Title: Long Way Down
- When Written: 2016-2017
- Where Written: Washington, D.C.
- When Published: 2017
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Verse Novel; Issue Novel
- Setting: An unnamed, urban American neighborhood
- Climax: Shawn’s ghost gets on the elevator.
- Antagonist: Violence; The Rules
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Long Way Down
Multitasking. Some of Reynold’s first successful works were partially written during slow times at the Rag and Bone store he managed.
Spin a Yarn. Though Reynolds has said he no longer crochets to unwind, he used to be an avid crochet hobbyist. Crochet, he’s said, taught him the value of going slowly and taking life one step—or one stitch—at a time.