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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks: 12/21/19
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds is a collection of ten interconnecting short stories that together tell the story of a class given an assignment to imagine themselves as an object.
The book opens and closes with the image of a school bus falling from the sky. It's not until the last story that one can fully understand the context.
In the meantime there are ten stories framed on the walk home from school. Each story is named for the street or intersection where the action takes place.
Along the way Reynolds deconstructs tropes and stock characters, revealing reasons why they might act the way they do. The broader message is to stop and listen before dismissing someone based on assumptions.