Walter Dean Myers

Overview

Walter Dean Myers published his first book in 1969, a picture book called Where Does the Day Go? Since then, he has published more than 80 books, including novels, biographies, poetry, fables, and adventure stories. One of today's most renowned young-adult authors, Myers has won many awards for his work. This insightful new full-color biography shows how Myers draws on his own experiences to write realistic young-adult novels about African-American teenagers living in urban environments, such as Monster, ...

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Overview

Walter Dean Myers published his first book in 1969, a picture book called Where Does the Day Go? Since then, he has published more than 80 books, including novels, biographies, poetry, fables, and adventure stories. One of today's most renowned young-adult authors, Myers has won many awards for his work. This insightful new full-color biography shows how Myers draws on his own experiences to write realistic young-adult novels about African-American teenagers living in urban environments, such as Monster, Scorpions, and Autobiography of My Dead Brother.

About the Author:
Amy Sickels lives in New York City. She received her M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University and has published stories and essays in literary journals such as The Greensboro Review and The Madison Review

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
This particular text focuses on the life of children's book author Walter Dean Myers. His first published work was in 1969. It was a picture book called Where Does the Day Go? This text was only the beginning of a creative life that has produced novels, biographies, and poetry totaling more than 80 books. This book neatly moves from Myers' early life through the life experiences that have allowed him to write realistic young adult novels about the urban, African-American adolescent experience. This text is informative, age-appropriate, and inspiring. It allows the reader to see that books are not instantaneous. They take time to write, and they are the products of talent and hard work. I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Walter Dean Myers. It would also be a good read for children interested in knowing more about writing. This book is part of the "Who Wrote That?" series. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095249
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Who Wrote That? Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Kyle Zimmer     6
Filling the Void     11
Trouble with Words     19
Dropping Out     35
A Children's Story     47
Full-Time Writer     57
Endless Ideas     65
Teens in Harlem     75
Critical Acclaim     85
Discipline, Dedication, and Fun     93
Chronology     103
Notes     105
Works   Walter Dean Myers     108
Popular Books     110
Popular Characters     113
Major Awards     116
Bibliography     119
Further Reading     121
Index     123

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