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What a book! Never really thought that Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers was going to be a book with a lot of thinking to it but as well enjoyful. Let us start off talking about the characters of the book. The main characters that I would say that made up this book...
What a book! Never really thought that Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers was going to be a book with a lot of thinking to it but as well enjoyful. Let us start off talking about the characters of the book. The main characters that I would say that made up this book was a teenage boy name Jimmy Lynch who was 16 years old. Along with him was a barber name Duke who was already a man of his age who knew plenty to know about life. So what about these characters? Well Jimmy is a boy who has been having trouble thinking about his life in the streets of Harlem, New York and in school. Along with this reason, Jimmy made some bad choices towards another kid which then leads for him to go towards Duke. Now, Duke is just no barber. Like I stated before, Duke is a man who knows plenty of life. With this fact of him, the reason why Jimmy went to Duke is because Duke is a person who takes young boys like Jimmy to try to make them do some changes in their lives. In other words Duke has a program of his own called community mentoring program. The way how this is going to happen is that Jimmy has to go to the barbershop everyday after school and he has to stay at the barbershop and follow some of Dukes orders for six months. It would have to be either that or he would have to go to facility for six months. Jimmy decided to go for Dukes program. Now the question to this is, how will an old man change this young boy who is nearly a man to get some discipline into his mind and make him into a successful human? Matter of fact, will Jimmy Lynch change throughout this book?
Moving on now, I really thought that this book was a great book for me. The reason I say this is because as I was reading along the book and reading along the conversations Duke was having with Jimmy about life and things like that, I myself was also learning about how important every choice we make in life is important. I really though that the number one theme of this book is the quote that my principal loves to say every morning after his morning announcements. That quote is "The choices you make today, shape your world tomorrow." This is why I think this was such a great book. Some examples from the book is when a man comes into the barbershop and starts speaking about how everyone is entitled to three meals a day and a place to live on or sleep on. As this man was speaking to Duke about this situation, the man said that people should have three meals a day and a place to live only if they get to get it themselves by finding every little help they need in order to get those three meals and that place to live. The man was talking about this because some poor man asked him if he had some spare change that he can get. Only thing is that the poor man did not like the fourteen cents that he received from the man. Instead of keeping them he threw them to the ground and left. This is what made the man at the barber shop get mad and realize that there are only certain people in the world that can deserve what they want if they make good choices about the choices they decide to make. This is why he stated that people who make good choices by getting what they want by them doing some work and not wanting others to do it for them will get what they want. Its all on the choices they decide to make. Though I then was realizing that there is people who sometimes get some little help but then they don't accept it because it is not the help they wanted or were looking for. The reason would be b

posted by AFFI18 on December 16, 2010

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I thought the Handbook for Boys was a good book because the book kept you wondering what was going to happen next and the events in this book were exciting also this book did have some things I didn¿t like. One was that once the problem was solved they didn¿t let you kn...
I thought the Handbook for Boys was a good book because the book kept you wondering what was going to happen next and the events in this book were exciting also this book did have some things I didn¿t like. One was that once the problem was solved they didn¿t let you know how it got solved. In ranking from 1-10 I would give this book an 8 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    Not really exited for this book!!!

    I really dint like this book, I thought that Handbook for boys meant secrets about boys put NO, it was about this boys like Jimmy just getting in trouble and he works at this Barber shop and the one how solves his problems is Duke, the owner of the Barber shop, his boss.

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