When I Was the Greatest

By REYNOLDS, Jason

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9780553395716
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Books on Tape


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on July 1, 2014  |  Multimedia Review

Gr 7 Up—Set in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn with black teen main characters, including one named Needles, this story seems ripe for drug dealing, gang banging, and boys gone wrong. However, Reynolds's debut doesn't follow the predictable path, as narrator Allen (nicknamed Ali for boxer Mohammed Ali) is a pretty good 16 year old, and Needles gets his nickname because he knits. Ali, his best friend Noodles, Needles, and sometimes Ali's younger sister Jazz hang together under th...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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