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Handbook for Boys

Handbook for Boys

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by Walter Dean Myers

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Jimmy and Kevin could really use a guide to life.

Their activities almost land them in juvenile detention until Duke employs them in his Harlem barbershop. Duke has rules for everything. But is he offering good advice or just more aggravation?

In the groundbreaking tradition of the award–winning Monster and Bad Boy:


Jimmy and Kevin could really use a guide to life.

Their activities almost land them in juvenile detention until Duke employs them in his Harlem barbershop. Duke has rules for everything. But is he offering good advice or just more aggravation?

In the groundbreaking tradition of the award–winning Monster and Bad Boy: A Memoir, Walter Dean Myers fashions a complex, layered novel about the rules for success. Handbook for Boys is the book that he wishes he could have read while growing up. It is also the book young people need to read today.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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10 - 14 Years

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Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Handbook for Boys 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Harlem, New York,a young fictional boy named Jimmy is convicted of assaulting another boy at school. He is about to head of to jail when an old man named Duke steps in.He says he can let Jimmy have a job at his barber shop if they will let jimmy get out of going to jail.Every day Jimmy and kevin (another delinquent)clean up the shop, while duke and his friends lecture them how to make good descicions. I wood definetley recomend this book for boys around the ages of middle school through highschool, because it could anser questions those boys have about making good descicions.Although this book is slightly boring, it was an easy and enjoyable read, and sends a good message about keeping out of trouble.
AFFI18 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Handbook for Boys, Kevin and Jimmy have lots of talks with Duke and the Guys at the barbershop. While Kevin and Jimmy are working in the barbershop, they learn lots of things that they are going to experience in their life. I think that it was a great book for mostly boys to read because males can relate to it more than females can relate to it. I¿m not saying that girls shouldn¿t read it, but it¿s just that type of book. I actually learned about some things in this book also that can help me. One of those things that I learned is that I shouldn't do drugs because it could really mess me up in life. There was this one character in this book that had a great life going for her, but she got messed up after meeting this one guy. What she didn't know about this guy is that he was a big time drug dealer. She didn't get to know him before she did something with him and that really messed up her life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Handbook For boys by Walter Dean Myers was a book where a 16 year old boy named Jimmy is on probation for assalt. An old man named Duke and his friends names Cap and Mister M took him into a program where they basically take people's stories and ask Jimmy how they could of changed it, can change it, and why or how or why not they did. There are huge events that happen but sadly I would spoil the story if Isaid them, so you'll just have to read to find out.But I liked this story because it demonstrates how you really would be temped by drugs and how to truly be above them, with out having to hold back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Directed as a kind of bibliotherapy to a certain group of readers, this book was not really a complex and layered novel, but still a good enough read. Watching the comings and goings in a Harlem barbershop as two adjudicated youths (Jimmy and Kevin) serve their time on the job and their mentor (Duke) tries to impart a few basic life skills in a compassionate way framed a good-enough plot with an ulterior motive. The story was spoiled for me by the advice giving Duke. Though he was doing all right with the dispensing of educative wisdom to the boys, the 'novel' didn't amount to more than a vehicle for Duke's teachings.
Lucas Levine More than 1 year ago
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it is sure to be good
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was so-so for me. It wasn't the best thing I have ever read, but it wasn't horrible. It was a bit boring in spots, but had a few good life lessons for people. It would have been better if maybe it wasn't just told to them. I probably won't remember much about this book before long, but it was still somewhat enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very boring because it wasn't even a good read! All the book was about is Duke's lessons in life. NO action, no nothing.