Darnell Rock Reporting

Darnell Rock Reporting

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by Walter Dean Myers

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DARNELL ROCK IS not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper—it sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell’s last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school. At first, Darnell would rather be hanging out with his sister and his friends. But soon he gets interested in the Oakdale Gazette.


DARNELL ROCK IS not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper—it sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell’s last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school. At first, Darnell would rather be hanging out with his sister and his friends. But soon he gets interested in the Oakdale Gazette. Much to his surprise, Darnell discovers that people pay attention to the words he writes. Before he knows it, Darnell changes from a kid who can’t do anything right to a person who can make a difference.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A struggling middle school student finds a way to turn his life around when he works on the school newspaper; PW called this story "lively" and "uplifting." Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Darnell Rock, 13, has always taken a lackadaisical attitude toward school and is a fringe member of the Corner Crew, South Oakdale Middle School's semi-deviant clique. Although they are quite close, he and his twin sister, Tamika, engage in nonstop verbal one-upmanship. Things begin to change for Darnell after he joins, on a whim, the staff of the school newspaper. He has a chance encounter with a homeless man and ends up writing an article that advocates turning over a piece of school property to the homeless so that they can grow vegetables there. This proposal fosters debate within the school and, after the city's daily paper picks up the story, the whole community. This experience helps Darnell grow, and he begins to look at the world around him in a different way. Once again, Myers presents a well-written story with a realistic ending and adeptly brings to life the major players-Darnell, his friends, and his middle-class African-American family. Young readers will be interested in and able to relate to these characters. While this book might not be the author's best, it's still on target.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Janice Del Negro
Thirteen-year-old Darnell Rock reluctantly joins the school newspaper and is surprised to find himself actually interested. His interest leads him to interview Sweeby, a homeless Vietnam veteran. The local paper picks up the story, and Darnell becomes a minor celebrity, causing a change in how he is perceived by others as well as a change in how he perceives himself. Myers includes a lot of issues here--the homeless, Vietnam, educating the "problem" child--but his story is not issue driven. It is the development of Darnell's character that moves things forward: we watch as Darnell takes his first tentative steps toward thinking and acting on his own. The dialogue is funny and down to earth, and none of the characters is a flat-out caricature. The barber-shop scene in which Darnell interviews Sweeby (and by default, everyone else in the shop) is a masterpiece of understatement.
From the Publisher
“This is an energetic read, unintimidating but thoughtful, that many Darnell-age kids in search of self will find rewarding.”—The Bulletin

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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

WALTER DEAN MYERS’s fiction and nonfiction has reached millions of young people. A prolific author of more than one hundred books, he received every major award in the field of children’s literature. He wrote two Newbery Honor Books, eleven Coretta Scott King Award winners, and three National Book Award Finalists and was named the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. He also received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was a 2010 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award numerous times. From 2012 to 2013, he served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature with the platform “Reading is not optional.” In his most beloved books, Walter explored the themes of taking responsibility for your life and knowing that everyone always gets a second chance.

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Darnell Rock Reporting 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AmazingKidsReview More than 1 year ago
Darnell Rock Report by Walter Dean Myers, is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who isn't very excited about anything, especially school. His life seems to be one screw-up after another and no one expects more from him. This all changes after he decides to join the school paper to get out of being in trouble with the principal. He becomes interested in a homeless man he sees on the street and decides to write a story about him. After making a mistake of offering charity to the man and offending him, he realizes the importance of pride and self-reliance. The school is building a parking lot on some land and Darnell thinks it would be a better idea to allow the homeless to use the land to build a garden to feed themselves. His story is spotted by the local paper and Darnell is surprised when his idea becomes the center of attention in his school. He sees how his writing can influence others and it begins to change his attitude. Will the garden get built? Will Darnell realize that he has something special to offer or will he fall into the expectations of those around him? I felt this book showed me how sometimes people can be limited by other people's expectations of them. It is up to us to try to become a better person and do something that matters. This book realistically shows the way kids treat each other at school and I think that is important to the story. It may not have the perfect fairy tale ending, but it shows that differences are okay and hope in the future can change your attitude. I recommend this book, especially to kids that feel as if they are not doing their best. It may just motivate them to give it another try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darnell Rock Reporting is a great book that teaches young children that they can make a difference, and just because your idea is rejected doesn't mean that they have to stop fighting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to make differences!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darnell Rock goes to South Oakdale Middle School and gets into trouble all the time. He joined the school paper to change his lifestyle. He walks home from school with his friend Larry but one day he walked by himself and went a different way, which would change his life forever. Walter Dean Myers called the book Darnell Rock Reporting. The book had no antagonist or protagonist and no action. The plot was totally different from the conclusion. The characters had no characteristics and made you want to put the book down.