The Mouse Rap

The Mouse Rap

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by Walter Dean Myers
     
 

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You can call me Mouse, 'cause that's my tag I'm into it all, everything's my bag my ace is Styx, he'll always do Add Bev and Sheri, and you got my crew

...and a crew it is! For fourteen-year-old Mouse, this summer is anything but boring. His father, who checked out from the family eight years ago, is now trying to make a comeback as a dad. Beverly, a new girl

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You can call me Mouse, 'cause that's my tag I'm into it all, everything's my bag my ace is Styx, he'll always do Add Bev and Sheri, and you got my crew

...and a crew it is! For fourteen-year-old Mouse, this summer is anything but boring. His father, who checked out from the family eight years ago, is now trying to make a comeback as a dad. Beverly, a new girl from California, seems to like locking lips with the Mouse--but she seems to like other guys, as well. Sheri is trying to persuade the gang to join a dance contest. And there's a rumor that a lot of money--the loot from a '30's bank heist, to be exact--is hidden somewhere in an abandoned Harlem building, and you know the Mouse is determined to get a piece of that action.

"It's summer in Harlem, and The Mouse (as he calls himself) and his friends look beyond dance contests and basketball for diversion.The rumor of a huge cash stash in an abandoned building left by [a 1930s] gangster offers possibilities. . . . Tightly integrated subplots strengthen an already well-crafted novel. Myers deftly paints a humor-laced picture of Harlem in sparkling prose, with characters that have universal appeal." —BL.

1991 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
Children's Choices for 1991 (IRA/CBC)
Children's Books of 1990 (Library of Congress)
1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
Parenting Honorable Mention, Reading Magic Award

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
"My tag is Mouse, and it'll never fail/ And just like a mouse I got me a tale," begins this lively account told in distinctive rap language, of the adventures of a group of fourteen-year-olds during one summer in Harlem. Are Bev, Sheri, and Ceil going to trick the macho boys into performing a dance with them in a contest? Are the Bev person's kisses for real? Is Moms going to let "Mr. D (I'm not calling him Dad)" move back in? Are Gramps and his old friend Sam telling the truth about their long ago encounters with 1930s gangster Tiger Moran? And what's with Booster, whose grandma was a crook and taught him tricks, who carries a gun under the long coat he wears even on the hottest summer day? And the treasure rumored to have been stashed away by Moran-does it really exist, and can the kids find it with the help of Pops and Sam? There's lots going on that will keep readers guessing until the end of this lively tale, told as only The Mouse could tell it. 1992 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061975035
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
992 KB
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

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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