Desmond Hall and Jason Reynolds for BETTER MUST COME **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Desmond Hall and Jason Reynolds to celebrate Better Must Come! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Barely Missing Everything meets American Street in this fiercely evocative, action-packed young adult thriller that looks at the darker side of light-filled Jamaica and how a tragedy and missing drug money helplessly entangle the lives of two teens who want to change their fate.

Deja is a “barrel girl”—one of the Jamaican kids who get barrels full of clothes, food, and treats shipped to them from parents who have moved to the US or Canada to make more money. Gabriel is caught up in a gang and desperate for a way out. When he meets Deja at a party, he starts looking for a way into her life and wonders if they could be a part of each other’s futures.

Then, one day while out fishing, Deja spies a go-fast boat stalled out by some rocks, smeared with blood. Inside, a badly wounded man thrusts a knapsack at her, begging her to deliver it to his original destination, and to not say a word. She binds his wounds, determined to send for help and make good on her promise…not realizing that the bag is stuffed with $500,000 American. Not realizing that the posse Gabriel is in will stop at nothing to get their hands on this bag—or that Gabriel’s and her lives will intersect in ways neither ever imagined, as they both are forced to make split-second choices to keep the ones they love most alive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Desmond Hall was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and moved to Jamaica, Queens. He has worked as a high school biology and English teacher in East New York, Brooklyn; counseled teenage ex-cons after their release from Rikers Island; and served as Spike Lee’s creative director at Spike DDB. Desmond has served on the board of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Advertising Council and judged the One Show, the American Advertising Awards, and the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. He’s also been named one of Variety magazine’s Top 50 Creatives to Watch. He’s the author of Your Corner Dark and Better Must Come. Desmond lives outside of Boston with his wife and two daughters.

ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER: 

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a UK Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, an Odyssey Award Winner and two-time honoree, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors and the Margaret A. Edwards Award. He was also the 2020–2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); When I Was the GreatestThe Boy in the Black SuitStampedAs Brave as YouFor Every One; the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu); Look Both WaysStuntboy, in the MeantimeAin’t Burned All the Bright (recipient of the Caldecott Honor) and My Name Is Jason. Mine Too. (both cowritten with Jason Griffin); and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. His debut picture book, There Was a Party for Langston, won a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Better Must Come By Desmond Hall Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534460744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - June 4th, 2024

Your Corner Dark By Desmond Hall Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534460720
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 18th, 2022

Ghost (Track #1) By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781484788509
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Marvel Press - October 2nd, 2018

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All American Boys By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Patina (Track #2) By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 23rd, 2018

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