Adapting a comic book character into a traditional novel format usually doesn't work out great. Visuals and splash panels are so important to the genre that inevitably something is lost in the transition. Jason Reynolds gets around that by mostly removing Spiderman from the story and focusing on Miles Morales, a half black and half Puerto Rican growing up in Brooklyn and trying to fit in in a school for rich kids where he doesn't feel he belongs. There are certainly very comic-booky elements to this novel (why wouldn't there be?) but Reynolds finds a way to tell a gripping and often moving way to tell Miles' story. This comic book character novelization manages to deal with institutional racism in a more honest and interesting manner than any "serious" novel I've read in a long time.— From Danny's Picks (page 1)
Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.
But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.
As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures on the historical "benefits" of slavery and the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.
It's time for Miles to suit up.
About the Author
"Jason Reynolds has written a thought-provoking, funny and essential Spider-Man. Never has the character felt more human or real."—Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star
"A thrilling joyride through the streets of Brooklyn. Jason Reynolds's fresh voice and unflinching truth-telling bring a whole new vitality to the Spider-Man story. Absolutely brilliant."—Daniel Jos? Older, New York Times best-selling author of Shadowshaper
"With great talent comes great opportunity, and Jason Reynolds uses his to do Miles Morales proud. Equal parts hero and heart, this is the Spidey 2017 wants and needs."—Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Black Widow: Forever Red
"A must-read for any fan of Spider-Man."—Brian Michael Bendis, co-creator of Miles Morales
* "[Miles Morales] completely transcends its genre. The result is an engrossing novel for teens boasting familiar and timely themes that add flavor and complexity to the Spider-Man mythos... A page-turner with a heart and a soul."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Impressively original; Reynolds' masterful depiction of Miles' everyday life and the challenges he sees in his neighborhood gives the tale unexpected currency and depth."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Reynolds has crafted a rich, developed portrait of complex teen life while addressing issues of racism in the modern world with his characteristic warmth and humorous touches. Give this to teens looking to make the leap from comics to novels, or any other readers interested in superhero action set in an urban landscape."—School Library Journal
"An expertly spun tale of identity that takes Miles-just like Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man-from questioning who he is to finding a fair measure of purpose and resolve."—The Horn Book