Autobiography of My Dead Brother

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

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Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Christopher A. Myers

The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . .

As Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of Rise, he tries to make sense of the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood plagued by drive-bys, vicious gangs, and abusive cops.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060582937
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Edition description: Reprinted Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 125,643
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Christopher Myers is a graduate of Brown University and the Whitney Museum of Art Independent Studio Program. He is the acclaimed illustrator of Love: Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings; Harlem: A Poem, a Caldecott Honor Book; Jazz, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Blues Journey, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. He is also the author-illustrator of Black Cat and H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, both Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books; We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament; Looking Like Me; Wings; and Fly!

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Autobiography Of My Dead Brother 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Very good book
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I loved this book it is interesting and talks about ife that can actually happen but what happened to the the fictional characters brother but not by blood it was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a biogtaphy I cannot tell if its real
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers over the summer. The book was a very believable, emotional, and true-to-life story about teenage boys growing up surrounded by gangs, drugs and violence. The book begins with the funeral of a fourteen year old boy, Bobby, who was killed in a drive-by shooting as friends gather at the neighborhood church to mourn and discuss how common gang violence has become in their neighborhood. The story is told by the main character Jesse, who takes on the project of writing an autobiography of his best friend Rise's life through pictures. Rise and Jesse grew up together, but their friendship is being pulled apart by Rise's decision to join a gang and deal drugs. Jesse struggles with doing what's right versus sticking by his "blood brother". Jesse tells of his confusion with Rise's behavior, his growing friendship with C.J. who he has more in common with, and his frustration at not being able to "save" Rise. I think the book is very realistic because it discusses how young men struggle over what is right and what is cool. Jesse sees how easily bad choices can be made and what the consequences are. At Bobby's funeral, Rise says "he went out like a man", while C.J. points out, "I still don't want to get shot for nothing". Later in the book when Jesse asks Rise about his decision to join a gang, Rise answers "This is about real life, not about no dreams and stories". The characters are very believable and they convey what it is like to be a teenager growing up in an urban neighborhood today. Jesse must face questions from his father about his involvement in crime, the police about gang activity, and Rise lecturing him on why it's right to deal drugs. Jesse draws a comic strip in the book to portray his inner conflicts in dealing with situations. The illustrations of Rise and this comic strip bring the story to life and make it even more powerful. These drawings along with Myer's use of urban slang and settings make the book real, and I highly recommend it to other teenagers. I even think adults could learn something about how young adults think and struggle with choices if they read it. I think the book scores a perfect 10!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers is an extremely talented author, and his work is well portrayed in his book Autobiography of my Dead Brother. Walter portrays the characters in his book to be average kids growing up in the city around bad influences (Gangs, violence, drugs, etc.) and shows the fight between getting pulled in and living above the influence. Myers demonstrates friendship in this book between the main character, Jesse, and his best friend, Rise unlike other books portray. This book begins somewhat with Jesse¿s friend rise telling him he wants to make a move and start dealing drugs for another gang, despite what he would tell Jesse in their youth. Rise starts to get involved heavily and Jesse becomes concerned about Rise. When drive bys start happening close to Jesse¿s house, he knows it¿s because Rise is getting deep and other gangs want Rise dead. With the help of C.J., Jesse gets through most of the many twists and turns of this book, but in the end, a tragedy befalls upon the characters of the book. I thought this book to be an excellent demonstration of what it¿s like growing up in a poor area of the city and all the issues associated with it, the biggest being gangs in this book. Jesse and his friends had this group called the Counts. It wasn¿t so much a gang as it was a club, but Rise realized that. He wanted to ¿move on and stop playing games.¿ So one day Rise called up Jesse and told him he need to start making money and said he was going to go work for another gang selling drugs, but he still wanted to be associated with the Counts, and because of that, everyone else got into Rise¿s trouble. Whenever something bad happened, and Rise was involved, such as one of the shootings that took place, police (or Officer Sidney) always shows up at Jesse¿s house to ask him about what¿s going on because they know Rise is the culprit. There is an event that happens at the beginning of the book involving a kid that was in the Counts and robbed a convenient store and ended up in jail. This is what kicks off the idea to move on for Rise. The book was written well in the sense of it being easily read, but I thought that the whole deal about the store being robbed at the beginning and wanting revenge, I thought that should have just been dropped. It didn¿t really fit into the book well, to me that is. I think that a bit more detail to some of the characters could have been added in place of that event. I would recommend this book to kids, maybe half-way through eighth grade/going into ninth. This is a good book, but I don¿t think it would appeal to an older audience. The violence and content I would say isn¿t suitable for younger children, but if we we¿re dealing with kids in an environment like the one in the book, I would recommend it to them because of the messages that come out of it about avoiding bad crowds. Rating: ***1/2 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the story, Autobiography of my Dead Brother, by Walter Dean Meyers is a realistic and powerful story of gang violence, drug dealing, and trying to survive in a rough inner-city neighborhood. In the story Jesse, the main character, is growing up in a poor, rough neighborhood in Harlem, New York. Jesse is faced with many problems as some friends become victims of drive by shootings and his best friend, Rise, joins a gang and begins to deal drugs. Things only get worse when a club that Jesse is in, The Counts, starts to get pulled into the life of other inner city gangs. As things become more violent, Jesse becomes more confused and depressed. He pulls away from Rise and starts to hang out with his other friend, C.J., who is a talented musician who also tries to not get into the life of a inner city kid. At the end the most shocking thing happens that you will never expect. Read this story, and you will find out what will happen. This book is an intense story with lots of action that draws the reader in. For instance, the story starts with the funeral of a 14 year old boy. That just makes you think what happened and you instantly want to keep reading to find out. Also, there is a time in the story when the police shoot their guns and everyone thought it was a drive by shooting, so Jesse and his friends run for cover. That only makes the police think that they¿re hiding something, so they go and hold a gun to Jesse¿s head. When that happened, I was thinking if Jesse was going to get shot by the police. One other thing that happened in this story was when Jesse got called into the police station to be investigated by the cops. That made me think if they did something wrong and if Jesse, who was one of the very few kids who tried to do good things, would have to go to jail. Over all, there was a lot of heart stopping moments that happened in this book. Although the plot repeats, it is an easy read so you should not have a problem with getting through the slower parts. This author writes in first person, which is better because it makes you feel like that you¿re part of the story, and you actually are faced with the problems the character is facing. Next, I think that the characters are realistic because just like some kids that live in the city today get into drugs and gangs, so do the kids in the book. The message in this book is complicated. Although the violence never ends, kids like C.J. and Jesse can escape because of their families and their art and music. The other message is that if you get into drugs or gangs, the result will almost always be bad. Over all I would give this book 4 stars out of five because it had a good idea but at some times it was just a bit boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Autobiography Of My Dead Brother is a book written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers. It has a very interesting story line and very good artwork thrown in by Christopher Myers. It¿s about a 15-year-old guy named Jesse living in a city plagued by crime and murder. His blood brother, Rise has been undergoing many changes lately. He used to be about not doing drugs and following the law, but now he¿s been getting into trouble. He's been thinking about dealing drugs, and took over his area¿s streets and he took over a black community group called the Counts. Jesse, not understanding why, is trying to figure all of this out for himself, gets caught up in it. He is nearly shot in a drive by, has a gun pulled on him by white cops, and worst of all, is standing right next to Rise when he is shot by a punk named Little Man. Jesse is a 15-year-old guy who tries to figure out why Rise is changing, we see the novel through his point of view. He is also an artist and we see his artwork in the book. (It¿s really by Christopher Myers.) This includes paintings, doodles, and even his Spodi Rodi and Wise comic strip. But the reason the comic strip is important is he projects himself as Spodi Rodi, and he projects Rise as Wise. He is a kid with morals, he goes to church, and he¿s pretty easy going. Rise is an 18-year-old guy that is undergoing changes in his perspective on life. He used to be about not doing drugs and no gangs but suddenly he takes over a group called the Counts, buys his area¿s rights to the street, and starts talking about dealing drugs. He used to be chill but now he¿s been getting real serious about everything. When he is thrown into jail for a while he decides it¿s time to run off to another city in Florida. That¿s when he is shot by Little Man. CJ is a 15-year-old guy and is Jesse¿s best friend. He is an artist like Jesse, except his art is music. He plays the organ at church and that¿s usually where he is found in the book. He and Jesse and a few other dudes played in a Cuban band to earn some money in the novel. He apparently can¿t deal with his problems so he often turns to Jesse for help. And when he¿s nervous he eats a lot which is why he¿s fat. Here is a small quote from the comic strip Spodi Rodi and Wise that Jesse draws after Rise is killed: ¿Oh Wise, where the answers be hiding? Are they shining bright lights in the sky? Grains of sand on the beach? What you saying when you don¿t answer, Wise? Keep looking? Word.¿ Now, the reason I found that to be an appropriate choice is because in this strip, Wise is dead and Spodi is at his grave with RIP written above it and 3 candles on the ground. And because Spodi seems to want to keep looking for the answers, I think Jesse will too. I strongly agree on most of the views in this book, it shows all of the main characters (except Rise) against drugs, alcohol, and murder. The only problem I see in the book is that if you¿re not used to talking to people that use heavy slang, you¿d have trouble reading the book. There are many ideas in this book that have been around for a while, so it¿s no surprise in some parts. It doesn¿t really relate to my life in a specific way, it¿s about a teenager living in a crime-ridden city, so I don¿t see the relation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend Autobiography of My Dead Brother to any reader, whether they be young adult or adult. It is very real, and you get drawn into it because it is so realistic. A boy named Bobby Green gets shot in a drive by shooting the boys realize that gang violence isn¿t a joke and the world they live in is real and violent. It could be your life in an instant it is a very real account of what goes on in the world today. It shows that friendship can shine through even the darkest places in life and can even save a life. Jesse tries to make Rise realize that he won¿t have a life if he turns to drugs. It shows how easily young men in rough areas can be drawn into selling drugs and violence just by making one bad decision.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that ¿autobiography of my dead brother¿ was a good book. The reason I think it was a good book was because of the way the write makes it same like this stuff in the book really happened and you get so into the book of the things that happened in the book. I would recommend this book to people who like these kinds of interesting books. If I had a chance to rate this book I would rate it with five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Autobiography of my dead brother I rate Autobiography of my dead brother 4 stars because it was very fulfilling and their was a great deal of achievement all through the book. When I first started reading this book I couldn¿t put it down. This book had action packed events in it, like when Bobby green gets killed by a drive bye shooting and they were showing respect for him in the church. I wouldn¿t change anything about this book accept for the fact that their could have been a better ending for the book. I recommend this book to all parents, grownups, Young adults, and to all kids. This book teaches a very important lesson about the choices you make and how they could affect others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend Autobiography of My Dead Brother to children from ages 12-17. The reason I say these ages are because these are major points in your life where you may need to read something like to open your eyes to what is going on around you. People may be stealing, killing, or even drug dealing and are trying to pull you into it. What this book does is let you know that what you do has an effect on you as well as your community and there are better and righteous ways to making money. The point that Walter Dean Myers makes in Autobiography of My Dead Brother is that earning your own money through hard work & creativity is better than stealing from someone who has worked hard and has put their best foot forward.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Autobiography of my Dead Brother is a very good book about a couple of boys¿ lives in the ghetto. In the book a kid get shot and his friends see the horror of this tragedy and they are tired of their community and want to have a good life. On their way to success some go the hard but good route and others the easy but bad route 'GANGS'. I recommend this book to many adults but not kids because in the book the characters use too many slang words and the kids will not understand them as much as an adult will. In the book Walter Dean Myers is trying to say that gangs will encourage you to sell drugs and pack heat 'guns', which that will only lead you to 6 times 9 jail time or 6 feet underground in a coffin. So read this book if you want to know how life really is in our ghetto communities. I sure don¿t think it a piece of cake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book Autobiography of My Dead Brother five stars out of five this is a good book about real life. What is going up in our neighborhoods every day and how these things are affecting teenagers. In this book there is a kid name Jesse almost like everyone has friends that are in drugs and gangs and that takes those friends away from him. The author gives an example that friendship can overcome everything and every time a friend is in trouble you have to be there for that friend. This book is about loyalty and friendship, so if anyone will like to read about friendship this is the book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book an Autobiography of my Dead Brother is a great book it has friend related and even gang related. I will give this book five stars out of five stars why? Because it is one of the greatest books I have ever seen. My favorite part of the story is when the drive by¿s pass by the hood and start shooting and I like it because that¿s when all friends gather around together to help each other specially the one that got shot. This book tells us that when friends spend time together friendship becomes stronger! Autobiography of my Dead Brother is a very exiting and good book take some time and read it. I recommend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Autobiography of My Dead Brother is a clever read written by Walter Dean Myers. This book is a roller coaster ride. Autobiography of My Dead Brother is set in Harlem, NY in the ¿hood¿. There is crime all around and life is lived in fear. Jesse (the main character) is an artist who is part of a gang called the Counts. Recently one of the members of his gang goes to jail, which spurs a collection of events about his gang and another. Jesse then vents his emotions through his artwork. This book is well-written and flows well. Autobiography of My Dead Brother is a thriller, as the entire book is packed with drive-bys, shootings, and action. For example, there was a bus drive-by early in the story. Also, there is a gang meeting near the end. The setting is brought to life by Myers, who conveys the overall feel of the characters very well. The plot is that Jesse and his friends get involved way over their heads because of one of their members being jailed and one of Jesse¿s closest friends becoming a drug dealer. The main message is that life is short and you should savor every minute of it. In conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone looking for some action or entertainment. The issues covered in this book include gangs, drive-bys, teenagers and more. Christopher Myers¿s illustrations help bring the story to life. I give Autobiography of My Dead Brother four stars out of five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not that cool i like the kindle fire better