Somewhere in the Darkness

Somewhere in the Darkness

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by Walter Dean Myers
     
 

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Jimmy hasn't seen his father in nine years. But one day he comes back -- on the run from the law. Together, the two of them travel across the country -- where Jimmy's dad will find the man who can exonerate him of the crime for which he was convicted. Along the way, Jimmy discovers a lot about his father and himself -- and that while things can't always be fixed,… See more details below

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Jimmy hasn't seen his father in nine years. But one day he comes back -- on the run from the law. Together, the two of them travel across the country -- where Jimmy's dad will find the man who can exonerate him of the crime for which he was convicted. Along the way, Jimmy discovers a lot about his father and himself -- and that while things can't always be fixed, sometimes they can be understood and forgiven.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW gave a starred review to this "stark slice of realism" about an African American teenager getting to know his ex-convict father. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Walter Dean Myers tells of a boy who's surprised one day by the appearance of his father. Crab, the boy's father, has escaped prison so that he can win the respect of his son before he dies. Meyer's telling is a harsh, intense tightrope that a young boy walks to find out the truth. This book is the winner of numerous awards including a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- A poignant story of motherless, 14-year-old Jimmy Little, whose convict father takes him on a search for truth, identity, and family. Whisked away from the stability of a homelife with his devoted grandmother, Mama Jean, Jimmy confronts the harsh realities of his father's life on the run. Jailed for his involvement in an armed robbery and falsely accused of killing a man, Crab escapes from prison to convince his son of his innocence. What Jimmy discovers is a man desperate to establish a relationship with his son but unable to break free of a lifestyle of stealing and moving on that leaves little room for security. On their highway odyssey, Crab becomes increasingly sick with a kidney ailment. Following a climactic encounter with the man who accused him, Crab is again arrested and hospitalized. For Jimmy, the flicker of hope that he and his father might work things out becomes a realization that love is built on trust, concern, and honesty. Through terse dialogue and characterization, Myers conveys a powerful message about the need for parent and child to believe in and respect one another. By story's end, the boy understands that to fully appreciate someone else's life you must first give meaning to your own. Whether from urban or rural backgrounds, single or double parent families, readers will find this universal journey of self-discovery gratifying. --Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545055772
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,320,223
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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