Lu: Sometimes You Gotta Jump Anyway…
by Jason Reynolds
Publication Date: Oct 08, 2019
List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Lu is the man, the kid, the guy. The one and only. Not only was he a miracle baby but he is albino. He’s special down to his gold chains and diamond earrings, but he feels a little less once-in-a-lifetime when his parents tell him they’re pregnant again. On top of this sobering news, he’s leading the Defenders alongside a cocaptain who isn’t pleased about sharing the title; and he’s training for the 110-meter hurdles, choking at every leap. As the championship approaches, can he prove his uniqueness one final time? As with the prior titles, the final installment in the four-book Track series is uplifting and moving, full of athletic energy and eye-level insight into the inner-city middle-school track-team experience. While it must be said that Lu has the least distinct voice of the four narrators—and given that Reynolds has proven himself to be an absolute master of voice, that is disappointing—this story is not a letdown. Virtually every subplot is a moving moral lesson on integrity, humility, or reconciliation, and Reynolds wraps up his powerful series with a surprising ending, all while scattering rewarding details about Ghost, Patina, and Sunny to let the reader truly revel in this multidimensional world as it comes to a close. — Becca Worthington—Booklist *STARRED REVIEW* "Oct 1, 2018 "
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction / Sports & Recreation / General