Sixty seconds, seven floors, three rules, one gun. Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood there are the RULES No. 1 : Crying. Don’t no matter what. No 2: Snitching. Don’t no matter what. No 3: Revenge. Do no matter what. But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there’s always someone else who knows to follow the rules. You can also check out this title as eAudiobook on Hoopla and as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
When Will’s older brother Shawn dies a violent death, he is faced with his overwhelming grief and knowledge that there are only three rules in the hood. No crying, no snitching and get revenge. As he tries to process his brother’s demise and how he will react to the rules, Will finds himself on the elevator of his family’s building. In the span of 60 seconds he has chance encounters from ghosts of his past to help him come to terms with what has happened and how he will handle the very difficult situation he is placed in. A Long Way Down was written by National Book Award Finalist, Jason Reynolds.