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Bad Boy

By Walter Dean Myers

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers traveled back to his roots in this memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable. Don’t miss this memoir by a former National Ambassador of Books for Young People!

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 (and he eventually succeeded).

But as his hope 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 to his books for comfort.

Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the most important voices of our time.

  • 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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