This week, my WoW is The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds. This is Jason's sophomore novel, and I can't wait to read it!
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Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Synopsis via publisher:
Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s got a crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.
Why I'm waiting:
1) I was lucky enough to meet Jason at ALA, and was very impressed with how articulate and amazing he was in person.
(He also patiently listened while I shyly asked for an autograph for my boss, so he forever has a special place in my heart for that.)
2) We need more books like Jason's. If we want diverse books, we need to read the authors who are taking the risks and writing the stories now. This is one of them.
About the author:
Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories.
After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he gets home. He is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest and The Boy in the Black Suit. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.