OLDER FICTION
Reynolds, Jason

When I Was the Greatest

(2) YA Affable narrator Ali, his best friend Noodles, and Noodles's brother Needles live in Brooklyn's tough Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Ali's thing is boxing; Noodles's is comic books; and Needles's is...knitting, as a way to keep his Tourette syndrome under control. The book's violent climax occurs at a party that the boys discover they're too young for. Reynolds demonstrates a gift for conversational tone and sly humor.

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