Lu by Jason Reynolds

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky, again.  I just finished listening to the latest Jason Reynold’s book, Lu.  I have been a fan of this series since Ghost was released so I had high expectations for this book and I was not disappointed.

38507968Title: Lu
Author: Jason Reynolds
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Lu isn’t going to let anything stand in his way of leading his track team to victory.  He isn’t going to let his albinism, his parents announcement that he is going to be a big brother, or the long ago issues between his father and his coach stop him.  Lu is going to master the hurdles and stare down a bully to be a champion.

Review:  As I listened to the audio book of Lu I kept trying to decide what makes Jason Reynolds books so awesome and I think I have finally figured it out.  Reynolds writes books for those kids that never see themselves in books.  In Lu we are given a main character who has albinism and through his experiences Reynolds teaches us not only about Lu’s  condition but we also learn about compassion, forgiveness, and the importance of friendship and family.  However, what makes Reynolds’ writing so much better than other books is that he presents these lessons without making Lu a “lesson book”.  Instead, Reynolds uses fabulously realistic characters, beautifully told story lines, and a simple message of understanding to create a novel that is relevant, important, and entertaining.  The book is wonderfully well crafted and should be read by anyone who doesn’t quite feel like they fit in.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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