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"Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins."

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider-Man.

But lately Miles' Spidey sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his Spidey sense every day in history class, amid his teacher's lectures on the historical benefits of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It's time for Miles to suit up.

©2017 Jason Reynolds (P)2017 Listening Library

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"You Are Just Like Me"

A haunting line that resonates through the book, resulting in expertly crafted and truly intimate tension. Reynolds managed to capture Miles's psyche and struggles, bringing social issues into the personal world of a super hero. Very relevant in today's America, the book presents antagonists that reflect a real and looming threat in contemporary society.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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It had a good plot and It also had a deep story. I like the charecters because they felt real. Overall really good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow

This book is amazing! I hope you all enjoy as much as I did. Thank You!

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A Modern Day Stan Lee Story

What did you love best about Miles Morales: Spider-Man?

Jason Reynolds used the characters in Miles' world to full effect, speaking on issues of racial discrimination and economic bigotry in ways that anyone in the audience can understand. That, combined with the great portrayal of his teenage characters makes the story a great listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration was well spoken, each word flowing after the other. The annunciation and use of pauses and voice tempo really gave me the sense of it being more of a drama than a book being read.

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

I only picked this up because of the title, but after finishing it I want to hear more of Lockhard's stuff. He performed excellently and, as I said, made the book seem like a movie.

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

Miles' reflection on his time with his uncle throughout the story really moved me. I felt the pain and uncertainty he felt every time he thought he was "just like him". The most evocative was when he took down the thief in his neighborhood, I really felt every action\emotion as they came.

Any additional comments?

I only had casual knowledge of Miles Morales from reading about him, but thanks to Jason Reynolds I now feel like I understand and connect with him on a level other than "a black superhero with the same problems as me, I can relate". This novel is the pinnacle of what Stan Lee means when he recounts his days writing comics: characters that are powerful, but are people with problems and real life challenges to overcome just like us. I recommend this to anyone who wants not only a good superhero story, but a tale of overcoming adversity and coming of age. P.S. Mr. Reynolds, I would pay any price if you wrote a Spider-Man story at Marvel, be it Miles or Peter. PLEASE consider the thought.

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Surprisingly Amazing

I bought this book because I am a Marvel fan, and I wanted something light to listen to. I had heard of Miles Morales, but I did not know much about him. I’d have to say that this book is surprising. It has such depth of theme, of character, of message. And the narrator is fantastic! I never thought a Spider-Man story could pack such a meaningful punch. It brought me back to reading Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry as a child. It resonates with similar power and themes - in a Spider-Man story! Truly Amazing!

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Great mock newberry book. My personal favorite.

Spider-Man is going on the Frits with his spidy sense. Read to find out more about "Miles Morales"

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Just Listen!

It had me on the edge of my seat I just had to continue to listen until the end. I can't wait until the next installment!

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phebemonal

I love reading stories of my people that look like me. I was so speechless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful