Bad Boy: A Memoir

Age Range: 12 Years to 17 Years
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Bad Boy: A Memoir

Format:  Paperback,

214 pages

Edition: Harpertempest

Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books

Publish Date: May 2002

ISBN-13: 9780064472883

ISBN-10: 0064472884

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In his own words...

As a boy, Walter Dean Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously-he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer. But growing up in a poor family in Harlem, his hope for a successful future diminished as he came to realize fully the class and racial struggles that surrounded him. He began to doubt himself and the values that he had always relied on, attending high school less and less, turning to the streets and his books for comfort.

In a memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers travels back to his roots in the magical world of Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Here is the story of one of the strongest voices in young people's literature today.

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Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publish Date: May 2002
ISBN-13: 9780064472883
ISBN-10: 0064472884
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 214
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Rootsp. 1
Harlemp. 7
Let's Hear It for the First Grade!p. 17
Arithmetic Summerp. 27
Bad Boyp. 35
Mr. Irwin Lasherp. 48
I Am Not the Center of the Universep. 65
A Writer Observesp. 78
Sonnets from the Portuguesep. 90
Heady Days at Stuyvesant Highp. 101
The Garment Centerp. 114
God and Dylan Thomasp. 130
Marks on Paperp. 142
The Strangerp. 155
Dr. Holidayp. 165
Being Blackp. 174
1954p. 180
Sweet Sixteenp. 188
The Typistp. 199
Books I've Typedp. 207

Awards and Recognitions

  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2003 (United States)
  • Original Voices Award, 2002 (United States)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2003 (United States)
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2004 (United States)
  • Bluegrass Award, 2003 (United States)

Book description

In his own words...

As a boy, Walter Dean Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously-he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer. But growing up in a poor family in Harlem, his hope for a successful future diminished as he came to realize fully the class and racial struggles that surrounded him. He began to doubt himself and the values that he had always relied on, attending high school less and less, turning to the streets and his books for comfort.

In a memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers travels back to his roots in the magical world of Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s. Here is the story of one of the strongest voices in young people's literature today.

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