As Brave As You

As Brave As YouAs Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds
Grades 4 & up

Genie is surprised to learn that he and his older brother Ernie are going to be spending a month with their grandparents in rural Virginia. He’s never left Brooklyn! He’s more surprised to find there is no cell phone or Internet access at his grandparents’ house when he gets there. But the biggest surprise of all is that his grandfather is blind. Grandpop is a very proud man, who doesn’t want help or pity, so he didn’t want Genie knowing about the blindness in advance. While there though, he encourages Genie to ask his millions of bottled up questions and even accepts Genie’s help in learning to go outside again. But when Genie makes a a few big mistakes and Grandpop makes an even bigger one, they must both face their fears and and be brave enough to tell the truth. It is a summer of growing for everyone, with lessons about love, loss, and family. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. (It reminded me of a brothers version of Gone Crazy in Alabama)

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