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The prolific children's and YA author focused on gritty, urban stories.
Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) was an American writer of children’s books best known for young adult literature. He wrote more than one hundred books including picture books and nonfiction, and was best known for young adult literature. His best known works include Fallen Angels, Hoops, The Scorpion, and Monster, which was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. On July 1, 2014, Myers passed away after a brief illness.