Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children's and young adult literature today.
About the Author
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.
“[A] superb memoir. Young writers will find inspiration here.”
— School Library Journal
“Myers paints a fascinating picture of his childhood growing up in Harlem in the 1940s.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Many of the individual scenes have power…and the author’s voice and heart are consistently heard and felt throughout.”
— The Horn Book
“A powerful read. Will make the reader laugh out loud & sigh with satisfaction.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A thoughtful, cautionary and inspiring tale.”
— Chicago Tribune
“This memoir joins the ranks of stellar literary autobiographies, such as Fleischman’s Abracadabra Kid and Zindel’s Pigman and Me.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books