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Bad Boy: A Memoir

Myers, Walter Dean

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ISBN 10: 0060295236 / ISBN 13: 9780060295233
Published by HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First printing. Illustrated B&W photo-collage boards, DJ design in color. Myers recounts his childhood in Harlem during the 1940s-1950s. Suitable for young readers. As new in like DJ with a small remainder mark to bottom edge. 214 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 3113

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Title: Bad Boy: A Memoir

Publisher: HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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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.

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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.

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