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November 2018 Notable Maryland Author Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

“When it comes to books and reading, we have to get creative.”

Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, MD, Jason Reynolds found inspiration in rap and begin writing poetry at nine years old. He didn’t read a novel cover to cover till he was 17. It was Richard Wright's Black Boy and the “mischief in that book," he says, "reminded me of the mischief that my friends and I had done." It sparked in him a love of language and he began writing. He attended the University of Maryland. Jason publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Seven more novels followed in the next four years, including Ghost and two more books in what became his New York Times best-selling Track series, Patina  and Sunny. As Brave As You earned Jason the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen.  His latest release is a Marvel Comics novel called Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Learn more about Jason Reynolds at: www.jasonwritesbooks.com.

Genre:  Young Adult (YA) Action

Young Adult (YA) action s fiction written for young readers (ages 12–18). Jason’s books are written for middle-graders and teens and address difficult subjects, but they aren't scary. They reflect his understanding of the fears and challenges that all young people experience. They also reflect his awareness that today's kids face huge distractions and that his stories must be exciting to keep their interest.  As he says, “I don’t write boring books.” A partial reading list includes: When I Was The GreatestGhostPatinaSunny;  As Brave As You; Miles Morales: Spider-Man.

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