On a Clear Day

On a Clear Day

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by Walter Dean Myers

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"Visionary. This book should be in every reader's hands." –JACQUELINE WOODSON, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz…  See more details below


"Visionary. This book should be in every reader's hands." –JACQUELINE WOODSON, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Award–winning Monster.
It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.
Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources—and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?
Walter Dean Myers was a prolific author for young people, writing over one hundred books and receiving every major award in the field of children's literature during his lifetime. He was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature during 2012 and 2013.

Praise for ON A CLEAR DAY
“Walter Dean Myers was such a visionary. On a Clear Day is at once historical and futuristic, thoughtful and thought-provoking. It should be in every reader's hands. It's a book for anyone who has ever given thought to our own future and the futures of those coming behind us. Stunning.” –JACQUELINE WOODSON, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

*"A clarion call from a beloved, much-missed master."Kirkus Reviews, Starred 

"In his last book, Myers has turned his thoughtful attention to matters of pressing global importance and issued an implicit challenge to his teen readers to become involved and make a difference. It makes for a stirring valedictory."Booklist 

"Published posthumously, this is an angry story, demonstrating again Myers's acute social conscience."Horn Book 

"Worth serious YA consideration."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Myers dips his toe into a genre not typically found in his canon with this futuristic dystopian series opener. Eight corporations (C8) have taken over the world and society is strictly classified between the haves and the have-nots. A team of eclectic characters band together to stand up to the corporations and ultimately fight a global terrorist. Effort has clearly been made to diversify this cast, including a smart Dominican female lead. The supporting characters are less fleshed out. Though there is a final climatic battle scene, most of the story deals with negotiation and strategic planning, rather than a violent confrontation. The first-person narration propels readers forward, though characters at times take surprising or unrealistic action. Fans of Myers's work will welcome his characteristic themes of class, gender, and race, though they may miss deeper character and plot development. Reluctant readers, however, will be attracted to the slim size and easy-to-follow plotline.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ
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Kirkus Reviews starred review, August 15, 2014:
“Readers are left to question what actions are possible, what actions are needed and what actions are right in a world where inaction is an impossibility. A clarion call from a beloved, much-missed master.”
Children's Literature - Krystal Horsley
Sixteen-year-old Dahlia is a “gator,” which means that her Dominican family is among the poorest of the poor. This story takes place in 2035, when eight corporations control everything. A group of teenagers wants to change how things are done. Throughout most of the book, they plot to overtake the eight corporations, believing that if these corporations lose control, they will not remain in the low socioeconomic status to which they currently belong. The story does, however, end in a great battle scene. This book could definitely use more action, such as continuing battles throughout, to keep it more interesting, rather than characters just planning for the end. This reviewer had trouble staying engaged with the plot. It seems that a young adult, for whom the book is meant, would also have a hard time following along and staying engaged with all the planning that takes place. Reviewer: Krystal Horsley; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Vikki Terrile
In 2035 America, people with means live in gated communities; those without are hounded by roving gangs of thugs and skinheads. The C-8 (a consortium of eight enormous corporations) rules the world, taking all it can and leaving little for everyone else. From a culture of avoidance and fear, a small band of young adults, each selected for their unique skills, attempts to take down the C-8, only to find themselves in an old-school turf war. Myers’s foray into dystopia is a mixed bag. Dahlia, a self-taught math and computer whiz from the Bronx, is a relatable, understandably conflicted narrator trying to make sense of a world that is out of control. The other characters on the team are barely more than stock characters—the Asian chess prodigy, the black ex-con, the white ex-rock star who brings the team together. The narrative is choppy and reads like a screenplay, fitting since the plot is “Mission Impossible: Futuristic Teen Edition.” Although the team starts out targeting the C-8, they end up involved with a Moroccan terrorist, resulting in a gang war on the streets of Miami. How it all ties together is tenuous. What might work on the screen makes less sense on paper and never really grabs the reader’s interest. It seems likely this is the set-up for a series or at least a sequel; fans of Myers’s long and esteemed career will find something new here, but not better than many of his previous works for teens. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-07-29
Myers issues a rebellious call to action that chronicles how seven diverse teenagers respond to injustice in a globalized not-so-distant future. In 2035, giant multinationals control the world's major resources, engineering positive economic growth by exploiting worldwide social inequity. Change-embracing Dominican computer whiz and Bronx native Dahlia Grillo, the narrator, is one of seven teens who resist. The ragtag team of young activists has been drawn together from all over in hopes of making a difference, but they struggle to find direction and meaning. Soon they find themselves facing off with the young, charismatic Sayeed, who might be a terrorist, a revolutionary, both or neither. With such a lack of clarity, so many variables at play and the clock ticking, they must learn to trust in one another and work together. Myers' first posthumous release brings a narrative that fully embraces the richness of global cultures to the too-pale, too-monocultural dystopian market; its emphasis on the strength of collective action over individual heroics further distinguishes it from the bland masses. Dahlia's given cultural specificity with splashes of Spanish and an ode to Dominican home cooking. Readers are left to question what actions are possible, what actions are needed and what actions are right in a world where inaction is an impossibility.A clarion call from a beloved, much-missed master. (Science fiction. 12-16)

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Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers’s fiction and nonfiction books have reached millions of young people. A prolific author of more than one hundred titles, he received every major award in the field of children’s literature. He wrote two Newbery Honor Books, eleven Coretta Scott King Award winners, three National Book Award finalists, and 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 that everyone always gets a second chance.

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On a Clear Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
Dahlia Grillo joins some of her close friends as they decide to take on the ruling group called C-8.  She is sixteen and her exceptional math skills are needed for their plans to take down this faction which is destroying the world.  They travel to London, Minneapolis and Miami and though they start with just talks and meetings, murders and killings began to occur as they become more deeply involved.  This novel by Walter Dean Myers takes place in 2035 and was published posthumously.  He said that he wanted to show that youth do have an awareness of world problems and can bring in new energy. Dahlia and her friend Anya are slightly injured while others are killed during a street fight and shoot-out. Ultimately, she decides to go back to her quieter and safer life but is forever changed by her experiences.