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Walter Dean Myers

Biography

Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of MONSTER, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Walter Dean Myers

Books by Walter Dean Myers

by Dawud Anyabwile and Walter Dean Myers - Crime, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction
 
MONSTER is a multi-award-winning, provocative coming-of-age story about Steve Harmon, a teenager awaiting trial for a murder and robbery. As Steve acclimates to juvenile detention and goes to trial, he envisions the ordeal as a movie. MONSTER was the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award recipient, an ALA Best Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor selection, and a National Book Award finalist. Now MONSTER has been adapted into a graphic novel by Guy Sims, with stunning black-and-white art from Dawud Anyabwile, Guy's brother.
by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Walter Dean Myers' last novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today's tap, jazz and step dancing. With meticulous and intensive research, Myers has brought to life Master Juba's story. The book includes photographs, maps and other images from Juba's time and an afterword from Myers' wife about the writing process of JUBA!

by Walter Dean Myers - Young Adult 12+

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite. 
Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water and energy resources --- and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?

by Walter Dean Myers - Military

It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager. In small towns and big cities all over the globe, people are filled with fear. When Josiah and Marcus come together in what will be the greatest test of their lives, they learn hard lessons about race, friendship, and what it really means to fight. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, this novel, rendered with heart-in-the-throat precision, is a cinematic masterpiece.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction

The Cruisers are in trouble---again. The freedom of expression they've enjoyed by publishing their own school newspaper, THE CRUISER, has spread all the way to England, where kids from a school "across the pond" are now contributors to their own school's most talked-about publication. When photos start to go alongside the articles written by kids, things get suspicious.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that Harlem life throws at them.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction, Young Adult 10+

The Cruiser, an alternative newspaper published by Zander and his crew of middle school misfits, is alive and well. And now there's plenty to report on when LaShonda, one of the Cruisers, steps into the spotlight with her costume designs for an upcoming play. LaShonda's designs get rave reviews, but she soon learns that show business is filled with challenges and choices.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

As an assistant at The Crisis, a magazine for the "new Negro," 16-year-old Mark Purvis rubs shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. He's making money, but not enough. And when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds himself crossing the gangster Dutch Schultz.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Paul DuPree is working at a soup kitchen in Harlem the summer his father dies, just trying to get by. But Elijah, the soup man, won’t stop talking about the social contract and asking Paul questions about heavy-duty things. As the talk of what-ifs turns into reality, Paul realizes the talk is about more than getting by --- it’s about taking charge of your life.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction, Young Adult 13+

LOCKDOWN explores an unlikely friendship between 14-year-old Progress inmate Reese and a man he meets through his work program at a local senior citizens' home. When Mr. Hooft is finally able to open up about his harrowing past, he gives Reese a way to reenvision his own future.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction

In his new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at the Iraq War with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam War in FALLEN ANGELS.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction

After a middle-school student from Da Vinci Academy gets caught trying to buy drugs, Alexander “Zander” Scott and his Cruiser friends are asked to intervene. Fourteen-year-old Sidney Aronofsky isn’t a typical druggie; he is a star pupil and a master chess player who could ruin his future if he doesn’t get help.

by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman - Fiction, Sports

Kevin Johnson is 13 years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction

Zander and his friends --- Kambui, LaShonda and Bobbi --- start their own newspaper, The Cruiser, as a means for speaking out, keeping the peace, and expressing what they believe. When the school launches a mock Civil War, Zander and his friends are forced to consider the true meaning of democracy and what it costs to stand up for a cause. The result is nothing they could have expected, and everything they could have hoped for.

by Walter Dean Myers

Steve Harmon is black. He's in jail, maybe forever. He's on trial for murder. And he's sixteen years old. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Was he involved, or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?

by Walter Dean Myers

From the mean streets of Harlem to the rice paddies and jungles of Vietnam, Walter Dean Myers's critically acclaimed FALLEN ANGELS is the riveting account of one soldier's tour of duty. Just out of high school, 17-year-old Richie Perry is fresh out of prospects. He has no money for college and the streets of Harlem are a dead-end, and so he enlists in the Army. But no one prepares him for the horrors of war.

by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson's coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro-basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure. Cal knows because he, too, once had the chance and sold out. As the Tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want Cal to keep him on the bench so that the team will lose the championship. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?