The Young Landlords

The Young Landlords

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by Walter Dean Myers
     
 

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If you were looking for a real ghetto dump, you couldn’t beat The Stratford Arms. There was Askia Ben Kenobi throwing karate chops upstairs, Petey Darden making booze downstairs, and Mrs. Brown grieving for Jack Johnson, who’d died for the third time in a month—and not a rent payer in the bunch. Still, when Paul Williams and the Action Group got the

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If you were looking for a real ghetto dump, you couldn’t beat The Stratford Arms. There was Askia Ben Kenobi throwing karate chops upstairs, Petey Darden making booze downstairs, and Mrs. Brown grieving for Jack Johnson, who’d died for the third time in a month—and not a rent payer in the bunch. Still, when Paul Williams and the Action Group got the Arms for one dollar, they thought they had it made. But when their friend Chris was arrested for stealing stereos and Dean’s dog started biting fire hydrants and Gloria started kissing, being a landlord turned out to be a lot more work than being a kid.

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Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
Reading the early works of a writer as accomplished as Walter Dean Myers is always interesting, but with this book it is also a real pleasure. Sure there are a few bumps and wrinkles—the "action" part of the plot seems ancillary to the book, rather than integral to it, and the wrap-up is not particularly satisfying—but these things hardly matter. The young protagonists are so well drawn, so complex, and so true in their emotional depth, readers will not want to let them go when the last page is turned. Set in a working-class African-American neighborhood in New York City during the 1970s, and narrated with deadpan clarity by 16-year-old Paul Williams, the book follows six teenagers who take on running—and trying to improve—an apartment building in their neighborhood. Along the way, they get a taste of how difficult it can be to make a difference in their community, as well as how rewarding it can be to try. There is no forced hilarity here, but plenty of humor bubbles through the relationships between the characters, and Myers's command of dialogue is masterful. Reviewer: Barbara Carroll Roberts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140342444
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
376,149
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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The Young Landlords 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NathalieVC More than 1 year ago
This book was a good book, with a very good and interesting cover. The cover is the only reason I read this book.This book was about a group of kids that wanted to do something in their community and they were called "The Action Group." It was mainly made up of Gloria, Bubba, Dean, and the main character (the group started off with more people but they dropped out). The first thing they wanted to do was change the ugly old building that they thought made the block look bad. So they went to talk to the owner of the building and ended up buying the building for a dollar! They soon find out that their friend has been accused of stealing some expencsive merchandise. The father had reward money for whoever could find his son innocent, and "The Action Group" needed it in order to fix up the building. This was not as easy as they thought though, they just ended up getting shot at. When all hope was gone the main character's father, who annoyed him for how much he talked, helped him a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. The thrill and usage of the common influential words in this text inspires people to read. This book shows many downfalls of characters and how even fiction helps to solve problems in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that lets you know how it feels to be a kid and a landlord this is the right book for you. This book is about these six average kids that wants to make a change to the world. Also to keep people off the streets. So they became the landlord of 356 Stratford Arms. They thought they were all good until one of them goes to the store gets arrested for stealing stereos. The other five still don't believe that there friend stole the stereos. They try to find a way to prove their friend is innocent while managing being a landlord.