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The Beast / Edition 1

The Beast / Edition 1

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by Walter Dean Myers

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ISBN-10: 0439368421

ISBN-13: 2900439368420

Pub. Date: 05/01/2005

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Seventen-year-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem after seven months at an exclusive prep school. He never wanted to leave the city in the first place--especially not to walk


An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Seventen-year-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem after seven months at an exclusive prep school. He never wanted to leave the city in the first place--especially not to walk the hallowed halls of a mostly white New England school. But now that Spoon is back home, he realizes how much he's come to rely on his prep-school friends and routine. And the one thing he's looking forward to most--seeing his girlfriend, Gabi--brings him the greatest shock. When he left, Gabi was a vibrant young poet. Now she's a thin, wasted drug addict. Can Spoon help her find her way again?

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The Beast (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GustavoZuNiga2 More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers never ceases to amaze me in any of his book weather it’s from writing “Somewhere In the Darkness” or “Dope Sick”, but to me my favorite book of his was The Beast. In The Beast he shows this fictional young adult character who was raised up in the Streets of Harlem. His name is Anthony Witherspoon, at around the age of 17, still in school, his decide to take him to a special academy in Connecticut, which in this readers opinion would be nice. He has to finish his last year of high school in this sleep away academy, leaving behind his family, his girlfriend, and the neighborhood he once thought he knew. Few months pass by and most of the time he’s there at the academy he’s thinking of what to write to his girlfriend, which to me would be the right thing to do, but he can’t write down or express the love he has towards her on paper, which is so cute and sweet. He visit his neighborhood for Christmas vacation, only to realize that his whole perspective towards almost everything that he thought he knew, and this is where to me the story starts to get interesting. He also finds out that his own girlfriend was sleeping at night with a hypodermic needle on her night stand, so shocked that he realizes that he MUST help her, like any good friend would do. So his family starts to feel neglected that hes’ only spending time with her and not them. In all reality I absolutely love this book and I would recommend it to anyone who would be interested in a juvenile fictional book, unless it’s a Walter Dean Myer book it would never be the same, the way he shows us something about our own selves that some of us are unfortunate to ever experience through literature. In the words of himself “ dreams and love, however fragile, mean everything when you are fighting the Beast” to me those words are words to live by, and it’s a great privilege to be able to read one of his books. I hope I can get a chance to read another of this wonderful authors’ book
DakotaBN More than 1 year ago
Myers' use of strong imagery, as always, is phenomenal in this novel. While reading, you can't help but empathize with the characters' situations. Myers creates a setting in this novel that leaves you fully grasping the melancholy but inspiring tone. "The Beast" is a must read for all book-lovers who have overcome perplexing life challenges or are just up for a great read.
walker86WD More than 1 year ago
"The beast" by Walter dean Myers is about a boy named Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon who has a girlfriend and his life changes because he goes to a prep school. After staying 7 months at this prep school he goes back to Harlem to see his girlfriend Gabi but Anthony finds out that Gabi is a thin girl and a drug addict. "Spoon" wants to help her find her way back to a normal life. The major Message was that Anthony was trying to show love to his girl and how life is fine without her mom who died. The part i liked in the book was how spoon decided to help out Gabi instead of going back to school and stay with his new friends. The part i didn't like was the ending because it ended to fast. First he took her to rehab but after it seemed everything was good after that. People who are in a relationship would maybe like to read this book because it is about love in a relationship. Overall i would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 because it has a good plot to it, but it was too much about love. I recommend the book if you like the book going into the past and going back into present time. Anthony deals with Gabi like a man should because he cares more about his girl than going to a smart school. Another thing i liked was how he only cared about her. Gabi's mom died and she got more into drugs, but after that she got help from Anthony which was the main conflict in the book. Overall this was a good book and Walter Dean Myers is a good writer who likes to write about violence. The beast is a good read for the ages 14 and up.
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KyanaG.-SOA More than 1 year ago
"The Beast" by Walter Dean Myers is story of a young seventeen year old boy who faces everyday life conflicts with a few non ordinary challenged to go along. The main character, Spoon, is in a relationship with his girlfriend Gabi in Harlem, New York. Unfortunately Spoon has to leave New York to enter a prep school. Spoon has to drop everything and leave, causing separation between him and his close family and friends in Harlem. While at the prep school Spoon feels out of place and questions himself. Only to return to more drama. Spoon of course feels left out once returning after many months of being away. He has to come into terms with some of the most devastating events to happen in his love life with Gabi. He is then faced with a thrilling decision to help save her. "The Beast " is a heartfelt book containing drama, but within realistic events. It's pretty easy to relate and is a "Crank" or "Speak" of its time. It's a good read for young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The message based on the book ¿The Beast¿ is that to have faith in people. This is so important in a friendship because in a friendship there should always be hope trust and most important faith in your friends. For example Anthony Weatherspoon had faith in his girlfriend Gaby and pushed her to stop her negative habits in to good habits. I would recommend this book to people because it is important for people to know what are things to do in a friendship like to have faith trust n honesty in a friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the beast is a interesting book to me because it has alot to do with relationships between a boy and a girl.I think that the author who wrote this was inspired by a relatioship she once had.The sad thing was that they had to seperate because of the school situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book had a lot of things going on
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Myers writes in a form that makes you feel part of the stories. What makes his writting unique is that the stories are easy. To realate to. THis is my first book I read from this author,now a fan forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book the beast was an exciting book with many surprises and twists. It shows the life of students going through troubling times. It has changes in almost every chapter in places and people. It shows how things can be different and change in a matter of time. Its easy for students to relate to this book and to connect with because of the problems Spoon are sometimes very similar to real life problems. People who read this book will be left in suspense and will have alot of trouble putting this book down. This book is sometimes funny and sometimes sad. It shows people that their life is not as bad as they think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the best book I have read. I really admire Walter Dean Myers. He has done a great job with his writing skills. He is a good writer for us young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Walter Dean Myers and I truly admire his writing, but this book seemed to repeat some things over and over again. I was a little dissappointed the first time I read it and felt a little weird that the main character would be kissing another girl while he had a g/f but all in all I think it was pretty good, not his best, but pretty good.
PSD More than 1 year ago
I like this book beacuse i thought i could really con. With this book. The only bad thing about this bookk is that i am a boy and i really dont like to have a ot of romance in what i am reading. I would suggest this book beacuse i think everyone can get really into it. I hope you will rate my review.