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Thirteen-year-old Darnell's twin sister and the other members of the Corner Crew have doubts about his work on the school newspaper, but the article he writes about a homeless man ...
Thirteen-year-old Darnell's twin sister and the other members of the Corner Crew have doubts about his work on the school newspaper, but the article he writes about a homeless man changes his attitude about school.
Posted May 14, 2010
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.
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Posted October 18, 2007
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!!
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Posted March 31, 2013
Posted March 10, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.