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Book Review: Ain't Burned All The Bright

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Powerhouse author/illustrator duo and best friends, Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin worked together during the pandemic to create  Ain’t Burned All The Bright.  This Young Adult book is weighty both in a physical sense and in subject matter. With over 350 pages of glossy, mesmerizing illustrations and spare text that becomes part of the artwork on each page, Ain’t Burned All The Bright  makes quite an impact. The story is centered around one black family during the Covid 19 pandemic and at a time of racial violence. In very few words, Reynolds tells a deep, layered, and memorable story. Griffin’s textured, collage-style artwork gives simple and sincere impressions of complex events and feelings. 


The audiobook version of Ain’t Burned All The Bright is equally impactful. Author Jason Reynolds deftly narrates “Take One” of the story and a full cast of young voices performs “Take Two”.  The book on CD version also includes a conversation between Reynolds and Griffin. 


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