Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Available At: Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS), DCC (HS), Eagleview, Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek, Rampart

Categories : Cursing, Racism, Violence, Whiteness

Description: William Holloman is ready to exact vengeance on the person who murdered his older brother, Shawn.

YA Label?: Unknown

Notes: This book contains violence; profanity; racial commentary.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 21: Cops flashed lights in our faces and we all turned to stone. Did anybody see anything? A young officer asked. He looked honest, like he ain’t never done this before. You can always tell a newbie. The always ask questions like they really expect answers.

Page 127: She opened her purse, dug around, pulled out a wallet, unfolded it, turned it toward me to flash a photo like white people on movies when they want to show off their kids.

Page 192: A warm sensations ran through the lower half of my body, seeping down my leg into my sneakers. Cigarette smoke cut once again, this time to the smell of my piss.

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