Walter Dean Myers has written over fifty books, which have received numerous awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors. He lives in New Jersey.
Gr 9 Up-On 145th Street, the Curl-E-Que Beauty Shop serves as a loose nexus for both the community members and their stories. Cheryl tries to seduce her best friend's boyfriend to help her determine if he is a good catch; Calvin reconsiders his attempts to buy a gun after visiting a prison; Abeni learns that she achieved short film fame by breaking up with her boyfriend on camera. In a series of vignettes, Myers spins tales of promising athletes, desperate mothers, and misguided adolescents. Readers will find the authentic dialogue appealing, and the sometimes-humorous chapter titles offset the occasionally bleak content. The final story takes Corporal Curtis Mason from the neighborhood to Afghanistan. Though sporadic references to Myers's 145th Street: Short Stories (Delacorte, 2000) appear in this new work, these selections stand alone. Rich in both character and setting, these urban tales combine heartbreak and hope into a vivid tableau of a community. A priority purchase for all libraries, especially those in urban settings.-Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Coinciding with the reissue of 145th Street: Short Stories, Walter Dean Myers returns with What They Found: Love on 145th Street, a new collection of 15 intertwining short stories that take place in the same Harlem neighborhood. Here, a reluctant soldier unexpectedly finds love during a tour of duty and a wise matron holds court at the Curl-E-Que beauty shop. (145th Street: Delacorte, $15.99 160p ages 12-up ISBN 9780-385-32137-2; What They Found: Random/Lamb, $15.99 256p ages 14-up ISBN 9780-375-93709-5; Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Starred Review, Booklist, June 1 & 15, 2007:
"Hope lies in what the book title says, finding love and community."
--Hazel Rochman Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2007:
"Gently told, beautifully modulated, these stories go straight to the heart." Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2007:
"Rich in both character and setting, these urban tales combine heartbreak and hope into a vivid tableau of a community. A priority purchase for all libraries, especially those in urban settings."
--Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November 2007:
"Grippingly honest ... an extensive and multifaceted look at the culturally nuanced dynamics of finding, holding, and letting go of love."