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Long Way Down (The Graphic Novel)

Jason Reynolds
Illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff

The award-winning, bestselling verse novel is now a stunning graphic novel with illustrations by Danica Novgorodoff.

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The award-winning, bestselling verse novel is now a stunning graphic novel with illustrations by Danica Novgorodoff.

SHORTLISTED for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
WINNER of the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal and UKLA

‘A masterpiece from beginning to end.’ Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give

hid, tucked
themselves tight.

Pressed our lips to the
pavement and prayed
the boom, followed by
the buzz of a bullet,
didn’t meet us.

After Will’s brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn’s gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will’s friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that. As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he’s doing.

This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.

‘A heartrending and convincing blank verse narrative.’ Sunday Times, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

‘Astonishing.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A tour de force.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Will attract teenagers who don’t consider themselves ‘readers’.’ The Inis Reading Guide

Critic Reviews

A moving rendition that stands on its own

Critic Reviews

From start to finish the book is a constant rollercoaster of emotions. The watercolour style of Danica Novgorodoff adds a confused and chaotic vibe to the pages, which echoes the poetic words of Jason Reynolds perfectly

Comics in Class
Critic Reviews

Reynolds' gift is in the ability to write how children think

Books for Keeps
Critic Reviews

Exceptional graphic novel adaptation of a ground-breaking novel-in-verse. The story is as gripping and moving as ever, its atmosphere perhaps even more poignant courtesy of Danica Novgorodoff's impactful watercolour illustrations.

Critic Reviews

Extremely accessible in graphic novel format. Striking ink-and-watercolour illustrations bring the setting to life, while the comic-book layout adds pace and urgency to the narrative.


Jason Reynolds is a critically acclaimed American writer and poet and winner of the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. From Jason: “Here’s what I know: I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don’t…

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