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When I Was the Greatest (Reprint) (Paperback) (Jason Reynolds)

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In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut thatPublishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding read” captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.
In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head?even if you?re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls ?a funny and rewarding read? captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don?t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Nah, not his thing. Ali?s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there?s a dude looking for trouble?and, somehow, it?s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy?s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it?s all small potatoes; it?s not like anyone?s getting hurt.

And then there?s Needles. Needles is Noodles?s brother. He?s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It?s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn?t mean anything by it.

Yeah, it?s cool?until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be?somewhere they never should've been?where the people aren?t so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 231
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: People + Places / United States / African-American
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Range: Teen
Author: Jason Reynolds
Language: English
Street Date: August 18, 2015
TCIN: 16559251
UPC: 9781442459489
Item Number (DPCI): 247-36-6275
$9.99

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