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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 Walter Dean Myers and Floyd Cooper - Biography, Children's 4-8, History

Frederick Douglass was a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become an icon. He was a leader of the abolitionist movement, a celebrated writer, an esteemed speaker, and a social reformer, proving that, as he said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

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 - Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sports

Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. However, in 1948 most black players can only play for the Negro Leagues. Can Biddy prove he's good enough to be part of the game his loves, no matter what color his skin is?

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

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 - 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.

Written by Walter Dean Myers, Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins - Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History

The powerful story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his belief that nonviolence could be used to overcome racial discrimination and to achieve equality.