My Name Is Jason. Mine Too: Our Story. Our Way

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Our story. Our way.

A poet

An artist

One black

One white

Two voices

One journey

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Overview

Our story. Our way.

A poet

An artist

One black

One white

Two voices

One journey

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
Two Jasons begin college as roommates and then move together to New York City, one to be a poet and one to be an artist. They persevere through hunger and misunderstandings of why they have chosen to dedicate their lives to their respective arts. The real strength of this title lies in the relationship between the two young men, who could have been torn apart by what they endure, but instead become close as brothers. It celebrates differences while showing how similar they really are. This is not a depressing collection of poems and art, nor does it depict their lives as rags-to-riches. Instead it is what it is—two guys fighting through the bad, enjoying their lives and their gifts, and not giving up when the world pushes back. This is something truly different and many teens, especially high school juniors and seniors who are starting to think about their next steps in life, will find a lot of comfort in Jason Reynolds's words and the seamless pairing with Jason Griffin's art. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart
VOYA - Judith Brink-Drescher
A poet. An artist. Black. White. Regular guys. Survivors. Friends. Brothers. Two former college roommates, both named Jason, set off for New York City to seek their collective fortunes. Jason the writer is a recent college graduate, pragmatic yet optimistic; Jason the painter is full of ambition and wanderlust—so much so that the latter drops out of college in order to chase his dream and convinces a somewhat reluctant poet to join him. As money and food quickly become rare commodities, the cruel realities of life in the City are all-too evident for the struggling artists. Just as the disheartened painter begins to question the impetuousness of his decision, the poet mentally gains momentum. He realizes that the things in this world truly worth having come only by taking risks and that along with uncertainty and fear comes inner strength and freedom. Presumably based on a true story, this unusual little book can be read in a mere forty-five minutes. Written in poetic prose accompanied by a montage of color illustrations and photographs, the authors more than succeed in communicating the struggle and angst of two young men flexing their wings for the first time. Touching and endearing yet gritty and hip, this story should be highly appealing to older teens and indeed, many adults. The unstructured format, while geared perfectly toward young adults, may be a struggle for some "grown-ups." Should that occur, read it again. Reviewer: Judith Brink-Drescher
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—One Jason is a poet and the other an artist. One is black and one is white. Heavy on dreams and light on cash, the aspiring young men move to Brooklyn, eating cereal and fried tuna while writing and painting wherever and whenever they can. Dancing the line between novel-in-verse and poetry collection, this autobiographical collaboration riffs on staying true to oneself, cultivating creative genius, taking risks, friendship, and becoming adults. The verse and dynamic artwork are simultaneously playful and desperate, but always expressive and fresh. The two are so tightly intertwined that one feeds off the other, adding layers of meaning for readers to peel away. Though this book will undoubtedly find broad appeal, because the Jasons set out on this journey in their early 20s, it may speak most directly to older teens starting to grapple with some of the same issues. If not for visual appeal or immediacy of tone and theme, teens will love the speed at which this unique book can be read. One thing is for certain—they will clamor for Griffin and Reynolds's next collaboration.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061547881
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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A poet
An artist

One black
One white

Two voices
One journey

Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin are superheroes.

A poet
An artist

One black
One white

Two voices
One journey

Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin are superheroes.

A poet
An artist

One black
One white

Two voices
One journey

Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin are superheroes.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Reviewed by Margaret Waterman for TeensReadToo.com

    A paintbrush and a pen come together to depict a vividly real portrait of the lives of two Jasons, living in New York City, trying to make their dreams come true.

    They struggle, surviving on nothing but cereal, coffee, and their friendship - the poems Jason writes and the pictures Jason paints illustrate the journey of two friends (and two fellow artists) working together to ultimately achieve their common goal (though they know they must also be able to make it from one day to the next). Each poem that
    Jason writes, Jason illustrates, in a way that allows the reader to get both of their perspectives - but at the same time, they can be seen as one entity.

    This book gave fascinating insight into the lives of two very daring people. The two Jasons are brave - brave enough to stop halfway down one path, and switch to one that is totally different. They do not do what is expected of them from others, but what they expect of themselves.

    Although the book itself is not very long, it was clearly written over a long period of time and took lots of effort. Jason and Jason truly managed to create a window into their lives through their work.

    This was an all-around enjoyable book, providing the reader with both great art and a great story. You'll laugh, you'll cry... You'll recommend it to all your friends.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    a discovery!

    A rare gem in a world of mediocrity. MY NAME IS JASON. MINE TOO. will inspire you, make you think, make you grow, and make you want more. You will return to it and discover something new about yourself and about your world. You will catch yourself thinking about it again and again. It will make you remember. It will make you thankful and it will make you hope and dream.

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