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As Brave As You
Contributor(s): Reynolds, Jason
ISBN: 1481415905     ISBN-13: 9781481415903
Publisher: Atheneum
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: May 2016
Annotation: When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers; Fiction.
Courage; Fiction.
Blind; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
- Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016007909
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: ALA Notable Children's Books. Older Readers
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.08 lbs) 410 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 183268
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69257
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 19.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Reynolds delivers an emotionally resonant story of an African American family working to overcome its past. Warmly told in third person, the novel follows Genie (staying with his grandparents in rural Virginia) through a series of tragicomic blunders, minor triumphs, and heartfelt discussions with blind and fiercely independent Grandpop. A novel with deft dialogue and affecting depth. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #4)
Reynolds (The Boy in the Black Suit, rev. 3/15; with Brendan Kiely, All American Boys, rev. 11/15) delivers an emotionally resonant middle-grade story of an African American family working to overcome its tumultuous past in hopes of a better future. Not-quite-teenager Genie Harris has a notebook full of questions, ranging from the superficial ("Why are swallows called swallows? did people used to eat them?") to the introspective ("Why am I so stupid?"). But there is no question as to why he and his older brother Ernie find themselves far from their Brooklyn home with their Grandma and Grandpop in rural Virginia: their parents are "maybe/possibly/probably divorcing" and are "figuring it out" in Jamaica. Warmly told in the third person, the novel follows Genie through a series of tragicomic blunders (breaking a family heirloom; the inadvertent poisoning of Grandpop's pet bird); minor triumphs (finding a neighbor with internet access!); and many heartfelt discussions with Grandpop, who is blind and fiercely independent, that often lead to startling familial revelations (his great-grandfather's suicide; his uncle Wood's untimely death during Desert Storm). Long-standing feelings of guilt, anger, and resentment reach a boiling point -- and history appears to repeat itself -- when Grandpop forces Ernie to shoot a gun, with unfortunate results. Genie musters up enough courage to ask his grandfather if he will ever let go of his tragic history; Grandpop's response of "maybe" feels like a victory. A novel in the tradition of Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 (rev. 3/96), with deft dialogue, Northern/Southern roots, and affecting depth. patrick gall

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Reynolds (All American Boys) aims for a younger audience with the story of Genie and Ernie, two Brooklyn boys spending a month with their grandparents in North Hill, Va., while their parents try to mend a frayed marriage. Eleven-year-old Genie is most concerned about the lack of Internet access: how will he look up answers to the questions that constantly come to him? Ernie, nearly 14, is happy enough when he meets Tess, a neighbor who gives them the lowdown on North Hill, but neither brother has any idea that their stay will involve picking peas in the hot sun and, for Genie, keeping secrets—both his and those of his blind grandfather. Genie's efforts to fix his mistakes (including accidentally killing one of his grandfather's beloved birds), his realization that the Web doesn't have all the answers, and Grandpop's struggle with guilt and forgiveness after he pushes Ernie to participate in a dangerous family tradition create a multifaceted story that skillfully blends light and dark elements while showing children and adults interacting believably and imperfectly. Ages 10–up. Agent: Elena Giovanazzo, Pippin Properties. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 June)

Gr 5–8—Reynolds's engaging middle grade debut stars 11-year-old African American Genie Harris, an inveterate worrywart who considers Google his best friend, and his older brother Ernie, who is well on his way to being a cool dude (sunglasses and all). The born and bred Brooklynites are to spend a month with their grandparents in rural Virginia while their parents take a long overdue vacation and work out their marital problems. It is only after the boys are left in their grandfather's care that they realize that he is blind. They are also surprised to learn that they are expected to do chores and follow their grandmother's strict rules—and that it is possible to exist (sort of) without the Internet. While Ernie crushes on the girl who lives at the base of the hill, Genie writes down his many burning questions so he doesn't forget them and gets to know his proud and fiercely independent grandfather. Genie barrages Grandpop with questions about his past and present abilities and about the quirky aspects of the household, especially his "nunya bidness" room, his harmonica playing, and how Grandpop might not be able to see but still packs a pistol. As the languid days unfold, the boys learn about country life and the devastating loss of the elder Harrises' son during Desert Storm and their estrangement from their living son, the boys' father. Grandpop Harris is a complicated, irascible character, full of contradictions and vulnerabilities, the least of which is his lack of vision. Reynolds captures the bond that Grandpop and Genie form in a tender, believable, and entertaining way, delivered through smart and funny prose and sparkling dialogue. VERDICT A richly realized story about life and loss, courage and grace, and what it takes to be a man. Although a tad lengthy, it is easy reading and will be appreciated by a broad audience.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 December)
Gr 5–8—When 11-year-old worrywart Genie and his big brother, Ernie, leave Brooklyn and go to their grandparents' home in rural Virginia, it seems as though they have been dropped on another planet. The city boys are introduced to another way of life and to their blind grandfather, who goes to extreme lengths to conceal his disability. A rich and rewarding coming-of-age story about family and courage, told with laugh-out-loud humor and a great deal of heart.. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.