When I Was the Greatest

When I Was the Greatest

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553395716
0553395718
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (363 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Adkins, J. B.

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AL_CATHERINE Aug 24, 2016

Full disclosure: this is not usually my preferred area for reading but I was riveted by this story! The story felt so real and I rooted for Ali, Noodles, and Needles the whole time. I also loved that Reynolds challenged stereotypes at every turn.

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KarenAmannTalerico
Mar 01, 2015

It was a very real and moving story about a young man growing up in Brooklyn, New York. One reason I enjoyed it was because "knitting as a superpower " was an underlying theme of this book. While not the primary focus, the power of knitting to help a person with Tourette's syndrome gain some control over his profane outbursts was illustrated. The cover, showing a gun in its crocheted (not knitted) cover is what attracted me to try this book. It was time well spent. It gave me, an Anglo woman, some new understanding of the challenges that young Black men face as they come of age in our society. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would read another by this author again. Karen

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joann1949 Sep 18, 2015

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

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