WHO: Walter Dean Myers
WHAT: Author of over 90 books (!) for children and teens
WHEN: Born August 12, 1937; died July 1, 2014
WHERE: Born in Martinsburg, West Virginia; died in New York City
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
All the Right Stuff: "The summer after his absentee father is killed in a random shooting, Paul volunteers at a Harlem soup kitchen where he listens to lessons about 'the social contract' from an elderly African American man, and mentors a seventeen-year-old unwed mother who wants to make it to college on a basketball scholarship."
The Beast: "A visit to his Harlem neighborhood and the discovery that the girl he loves is using drugs give sixteen-year-old Anthony Witherspoon a new perspective both on his home and on his life at a Connecticut prep school."
Darnell Rock Reporting: "Thirteen-year-old Darnell's twin sister and the other members of the Corner Crew have doubts about his work on the school newspaper, but the article he writes about a homeless man changes his attitude about school."
Fallen Angels: "Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam."
Game: "Drew Lawson, counting on basketball to get him into college and out of Harlem, struggles to keep his cool when the coach brings in two white players and puts them in positions that clearly threaten Drew's game."
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali: "A portrait of one of the world's greatest boxers chronicles his childhood, his rise as a champion, his politics, and his battle against Parkinsons' disease."
Hoops: "A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake."
Lockdown: "Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past."
Monster: "While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken."
Shadow of the Red Moon: "As the Fens attack his home in Crystal City, fifteen-year-old Jon is sent into the Wilderness with other young Okalians to search for the Ancient City, but what he finds is something very different."
Somewhere in the Darkness: "A teenage boy accompanies his father, who has recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be an, often painful, time of discovery for them both."
Sunrise Over Fallujah: "Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him."
“Hard work by itself isn't worth two cents on a rainy day if it doesn't give you a good life.” (from All the Right Stuff)
“Think about all the tomorrows of your life.” (Monster)
We’re suggesting that [kids are] missing something if they don’t read but, actually, we’re condemning kids to a lesser life. If you had a sick patient, you would not try to entice them to take their medicine. You would tell them, ‘Take this or you’re going to die.’ We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.” (source)