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Publisher's Summary

An American Library Association Notable Children’s Recording!

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires - literally - in this piercing middle grade novel by the winner of the Coretta Scott King - Johnson Steptoe Award.

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 14th 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, are bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won't do?

©2016 Jason Reynolds (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Good story for all ages

This book was very good. Not only did the performance of the reader excel my expectations but the story was very adversing. I loved every moment of it!

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Childhood

This book smells like childhood. Reynolds did a wonderful job creating characters readers can relate to.

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Awesome

Great story very relatable in many ways at lest for me I really recommend this book to anyone

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Love this narrator!

Would you consider the audio edition of As Brave as You to be better than the print version?

I really enjoy listening to Guy Lockard narrate Jason Reynolds's stories. He brings each character to life and makes it very entertaining. I look forward to listening to more stories read aloud by him.

What other book might you compare As Brave as You to and why?

Rebound by Kwame Alexander-the main character spends the summer with his grandparents

Have you listened to any of Guy Lockard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes-his performance is always well done

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the moment when the father and son discuss their conflict toward the end of the story

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good work, Mr. Lockard!

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Lovely Story, Wonderfully Read

Where does As Brave as You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a great little book that my family listened to on a recent road trip. The story is a lovely one about sibling love and the rifts in families and how they can be bridged. My nine year old boy/girl twins loved it as did I.