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Bad Boy

By Walter Dean Myers

In a memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable, New York Times bestselling author 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 most distinguished writers of young people's literature today.

As a boy, 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 while 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 to his books for comfort.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

  • Grade level: 6
  • Interest Level: 8-12
  • Guided Reading Level: Y
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780064472883
  • ISBN 10: 0064472884
  • ISBN 13: 9780064472883
  • Pages: 224
  • Trim Size: 5.00 x 7.13 in
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School Library Journal“[A] superb memoir. Young writers will find inspiration here.”

Publishers Weekly“Myers paints a fascinating picture of his childhood growing up in Harlem in the 1940s.”

The Horn Book“Many of the individual scenes have power…and the author’s voice and heart are consistently heard and felt throughout.”

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)“A powerful read. Will make the reader laugh out loud & sigh with satisfaction.”

Chicago Tribune“A thoughtful, cautionary and inspiring tale.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books“This memoir joins the ranks of stellar literary autobiographies, such as Fleischman’s Abracadabra Kid and Zindel’s Pigman and Me.”

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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.2,2a,2b,2d,2f,4,8,9,9b,10
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