For Everyone
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Annotation: Originally performed as a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., and later to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem by award-winning author Jason Reynolds is a rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #154543
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 101 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-48624-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0375-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-48624-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0375-8
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2017036160
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Dreamer, / if you are like me, / you / jump / anyway.
Publishers Weekly
As Reynolds writes in an introductory note: -When I started writing this, I didn-t know what it was.- He goes on to explain that this handsomely presented collection of short, loosely connected poems was first written at a time (in his 20s) when he struggled to hold onto his own ambitions. In extemporaneous, ruminating fashion and in fonts reminiscent of handwriting and typewriter print, the poems confess Reynolds-s insecurities, hopes, and struggles throughout the stages of his personal and professional development: -At sixteen / I thought / I would-ve made it / by now. / Now / I-m making up / what making it / means.- Reynolds asserts that his successes have come by way of perseverance, passion, plenty of missteps, and possibly some luck, suggesting that readers, too, will find their way. He modestly emphasizes throughout that he cannot speak to the experiences of others and that even when it comes to his own achievements: -I don-t know nothing about that.- Yet readers will take to heart both his message of solidarity and his assertion that every person-s journey is theirs alone to discover. Ages 12-up. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A poem provides hope and reassurance to teens as they try to make sense of their own dreams for the future.Award-winning writer Reynolds (Long Way Down, 2017, etc.) offers a letter in the form of a long poem that acknowledges and encourages young people's dreams and aspirations. The poem uses the author's own experiences to show common ground with his readers, making it clear that he is presenting himself as a fellow traveler on the journey: "This letter / is being written / from the inside. / From the front line / and the fault line. / From the uncertain thick of it all." He shares observations of others and the ways in which they coped and speaks of the futility of finding answers in the usual places: "Though the struggle / is always made to / sound admirable / and poetic, / the thumping uncertainty / is still there." This short piece is full of the elements that make Reynolds such a successful writer: honesty, rich imagery, great facility with language, and an irresistible cadence. At times conversational, other times, uplifting, this intimate and powerful piece connects on many levels. Even as Reynolds repeats throughout the poem, "I don't know nothing about that," he is telling his readers a great deal. As a piece that was originally performed, this begs to be heard. However, the printed version will still resonate.Inspirational reading for any occasion. (Poetry. 12-adult)
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Publishers Weekly
Word Count: 2,005
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195778 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: 980L
Guided Reading Level: M
For Every One

from a place of raw honesty and love

but not at all

a place of expertise

on how to make

your dreams come true.

Excerpted from For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.

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