As Brave As You

As Brave As You When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are everything backfires literally Genie s summer is full of surprises The first is that he and his big brother Ernie are leaving Brooklyn for the v

  • Title: As Brave As You
  • Author: Jason Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9781481415903
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires literally.Genie s summer is full of surprises The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia in the COUNTRY The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather isWhen two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires literally.Genie s summer is full of surprises The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia in the COUNTRY The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind Thunderstruck and being a curious kid Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well besides wearing way cool Ray Bans.How does he match his clothes Know where to walk Cook with a gas stove Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house as in NEVER And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into a room so full of songbirds and plants that it s almost as if it s been pulled inside out he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department It s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot None Nada Dumbfounded by Ernie s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won t do

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    About "Jason Reynolds"

    1. Jason Reynolds

      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.

    532 thoughts on “As Brave As You”

    1. Jason Reynold's middle-grade voice is every bit as strong as his YA voice! This book is about family and love and learning to make sense of the hard things that we all have to deal with as we come of age. I loved it!

    2. Jason Reynolds has done it again. Departing from the often gritty, urban-set YA contemporary he's known for, AS BRAVE AS YOU takes us south to Virginia where Brooklynites 11-year-old Genie and his big brother Ernie are set to spend a month at their grandparent's house in "the country". Despite it being as different from home as night is from day, the boys soon acclimate to their new surroundings, and in the process, learn things about their family members that alter their perceptions of themselv [...]

    3. I am a HUGE fan of Jason Reynolds. I think that he is an incredible author with so much talent. As Brave As You just wasn't my absolute favorite. It is a heartwarming story that is also very approachable. There are laugh aloud moments and deafening serious ones. I love that Jason Reynolds narrates his own titles because it gives the book an even more personal feel. One of my biggest issues with this book was simply how it is catalogued. For some reason in my library system (and others) it is con [...]

    4. His books just keep getting better! I am a Jason Reynolds' fan and particularly loved this book. There are so many aspects that make it truly unique. Here's a short review that hopefully will intrigue you and not give away too much of the plot.What I loved:That it was a middle grade book about two brothers. We need more books about boys.That it has terrific voice! The dialog and thoughts of the younger brother are contemporary and feel very real. Genie's journal of questions - my absolute favori [...]

    5. Jason Reynolds writes incredible characters. Unforgettable believable characters. In this middle grade title, he delivers characters and relationships in a rich, quietly humorous story full of questions, wisdom and love.

    6. I love Jason Reynolds' writing, and the characters in this book were as real and interesting as all of his others. The only problem I had with this book was that the story seemed a bit long and slow moving for the age of the reader it seems aimed at. I think it could've been two really great books about this family, but for kids who want to sink into a good, long family drama with a strong brother relationship, this is a fine book.

    7. Eleven-year old Genie Harris is such a charming person. His constant logging of questions, in his notebook, prompted by events around him are often funny (e.g does asking lots of questions make Genie a questionnaire?) but are also, at times, profound. Genie is a worrier, and the questions pour out of him when his parents leave him and his older brother, Ernie, at their grandparents' place in Virgina for a month in the summer. Ernie and Genie experience a variety of things over the month, includi [...]

    8. They were sent to their grandparents as their parents were having problems and they had planned a trip without Ernie and Genie. As they settled in for the month, these two brothers were finding that they enjoyed county living and that Virginia wasn’t so bad. Genie was worried that without internet service he would not be able to find answers for all the questions that seemed to pop up in his mind, questions that needed answers that he would find on Google. Ernie was more social and he liked gi [...]

    9. Genie and Ernie are heading to Virginia to stay with their paternal grandparents for the very first time. Though they have met their grandmother before, this is the first time that Genie has met him. The difference between their lives in Brooklyn and their grandparents’ home in rural Virginia are huge. But that’s not the only thing that surprises Genie. He is shocked to find out that his grandfather is blind. Genie is a kid who is full of questions to ask all of the time and so he immediatel [...]

    10. Jason Reynolds knows how to create realistically beautiful characters. Once again, I loved them all! Genie and Ernie are two Brooklyn brothers that get stuck with their country grandparents for a month while their parents iron out some issues. Though Ernie is fourteen and Genie is eleven, they get along pretty well. As they get to know their grandparents, they start to learn about the importance of telling the truth. Their blind grandfather still has old skeletons in his closet he needs to rid h [...]

    11. This book made me laugh out loud and it made me cry. I loved every page of this heartwarming story of family, brotherhood, growing up, and what it means to be brave. Highly recommend. Jason Reynolds is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

    12. I can’t get enough of Jason Reynolds’ characters. Seriously. How is his story-telling so good?? This book was sweet and perfect for the young reader audience.

    13. Read for Librarian Book GroupOh, Jason Reynolds, when will you adopt a standard plot arc? Your characters are interesting, your settings are interesting, your episodes are interesting and unfortunately, there isn't anything that compels me to keep reading. If you are looking for a nice meander through rural Virginia with two boys from Brooklyn staying with their grandparents for a few weeks in the summer this is your book. Stuff happens. And then some other stuff happens. And then the book is ov [...]

    14. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my book channel, From Beginning to Bookend.#489: Why is the world more interesting through the eyes of Genie Harris, questionnaire extraordinaire? #490: How does Jason Reynolds manage to squeeze so many important messages into one little book? Bravery, forgiveness, honesty and much, much more. #491: Why is poopity such a funny word? Poopity.

    15. I love how inquisitive Genie's character is. He reminds me a lot of what I was like at his age. I think there are some good family dynamics here and that they address some good social and familial issues as well. As always with Jason Reynolds, I love that he writes dialogue the way that people actually speak. Solid middle grade read. (Note: mild language with the occasional use- by adults- of 'damn' or 'hell')

    16. 3.5 starsRead as part of the Washington Post's KidsPost Summer Book Club for 2017.What I liked about it:- middle-grade boy main character- the relationships between Genie and Ernie, Genie and Grandpop, the boys and Grandma, the boys and Tess- the theme of making mistakes and seeking forgivenessIn addition, I identified with Genie's "worrier" personality and desire to make things just right, and I liked this book better than "Ghost" by the same author, which I read earlier this year. Some reviewe [...]

    17. Probably the slowest moving of all of Reynolds' books, this one has a rich setting and some great characters but needed to be tighter in terms of execution. The brothers going to live with their grandparents for a period of time while their parents work things out leads to discoveries and conversation with their grandparents that are rich, but again, slow moving. The discovery by the brothers that their grandfather is blind is a bit of curiousness that Genie gravitates toward and is fascinated b [...]

    18. Oh, you guys, this book.I am a huge fan of Jason Reynolds anyway, and this is his middlegrade debut. It's about family and it's brilliant. I love Genie and his older brother Ernie so much. And I love their grandparents. And Tess. Everyone, really. But everyone has that one summer where they do a lot of growing up (think Stand By Me) and this is Genie's. I don't want to go more in depth than that, because spoilers, but trust me: you need this book.The book feels like magic and was just what I nee [...]

    19. this might be the weakest Jason Reynolds book I've read, which is like saying this is the smallest diamond you own. this plot is smooth and slow like molasses, which is good for summer slice of life readers, but can be a harder sell otherwise. usually this book worked for me. Reynolds' characters are as strong as always, and I appreciated the insights our young main character Genie had about the emotional lives of the adults around him (even just noticing that adults HAVE emotional lives)that sa [...]

    20. Ernie and Genie spend a month--THIRTY WHOLE DAYS!--out of Brooklyn and in the Virginia countryside with their grandparents. Wonderful characterization, funny--but real--not too sweety-sweet like some MG fiction. Jason Reynolds: talent, 100.

    21. Sometimes, asking questions can get you in trouble. But what do you do when not asking is even worse? Eleven-year-old Genie hopes he never has to find out. He carries a notebook to write down all the questions he could ever have about the world, like why swallows are named swallows, or what it means to have a month of Sundays. He’s a self proclaimed questionnaire (like a millionaire but instead of dollars, he has questions). And he couldn’t be having a more question-filled time than this sum [...]

    22. Man! Jason Reynolds can tell a story, whether it is pitched to middle graders or high schoolers. This one will surely resonate with many young readers because of the family dynamics, the budding romance, the need to prove oneself, and because the characters are real yet just a tad quirky. Sometimes, they're more than a little odd, which might put some readers off from reading the book, but I like some quirkiness, especially when it serves a purpose. Ernie, going on fourteen, and Genie, 11, stay [...]

    23. Eleven-year-old Genie is nervous to be spending a whole month of his summer vacation (with his older brother, Ernie, Jr.) at his paternal grandparents’ house. Not only is this Brooklyn native unprepared for life in the country (no cell signal or internet?!), it’s the first time his family has seen his grandparents in ten years, and there’s a lot of information to process. His parents are taking time away from Genie and Ernie, Jr. to sort through their issues. How did he not know Grandpop i [...]

    24. This is the first Jason Reynolds book I've read even though I've been curious to since "meeting" him at a bookfest for middle grades last year. I certainly chose the right one to read. There are two strong facts of my life: My husband has been totally blind since 1984, and I think the relationship between a grandparent and a child is one of infinite value both of them. A month in Virginia during summer for two boys from Brooklyn, staying with grandparents who have never before been more than voi [...]

    25. As Brave as You was unlike the previous books I've read by Reynolds: it's slower, quieter, and much more contemplative. This might have been a result of the timing and setting -- a month at Genie and Ernie's grandparents' house in rural Virginia -- but I think it had more to do with the way in which Reynolds was exploring the small moments that accumulate and weigh heavily on us, no matter our age. Although the story is narrated in 3rd person, 11-year-old Genie and his notebook sit at the center [...]

    26. A beautiful and realistic depiction of the crazy, complicated world of families: the way we interact, how our history defines & shapes us, and hidden sorrows. It also celebrates the beauty found in familial relationships: the follow-in-footsteps adoration of being a younger brother with a too-cool brother who always steps up for you, the embarrassment-love of having a too-loud grandmother singing her gospel music loudly in the car, the quiet moments spent with a grandfather who never tires o [...]

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