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by Walter Dean Myers

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Sixteen-year-old Crystal knows she's blessed. She is drop-dead gorgeous and in the beginning stages of a glamorous career as a model in New York City. At first, modeling is exciting. But soon, her life becomes less and less about her, and more and more about her body. Crystal wonders if her new life is worth giving up everything — her friends, her beliefs, and


Sixteen-year-old Crystal knows she's blessed. She is drop-dead gorgeous and in the beginning stages of a glamorous career as a model in New York City. At first, modeling is exciting. But soon, her life becomes less and less about her, and more and more about her body. Crystal wonders if her new life is worth giving up everything — her friends, her beliefs, and her self-respect.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Myers penetrates the modeling world in this tale of a 16-year-old professional model living in New York City, first published in 1987, who learns some tough truths about what it takes. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8-12 At 16, Crystal Brown is en route to stardom as a black fashion model. The world of money, glamour, fame, and celebrities excites and disturbs her. Her career demands increasing time away from family, friends, school, and normal adolescent concerns. As a model, Crystal confronts a temperamental photographer, sexual pressures, and a demanding agent. While Crystal's mother vicariously craves her daughter's success, her father's pride is tempered with protectiveness. In the end, Crystal is shocked into a career decision by the suicide of a once marketable model friend. In Crystal, Myers has created a beautiful but believable teenage heroine who makes a stand for personal integrity in a competitive world. Although certain characters and situations fulfill modeling world stereotypes, Myers' knack for vivid description and dialogue shatters many illusions of stardom. Adolescents who dream of modeling and who may envy Crystal's natural gifts will find in her forthright story certain realities that are often ignored. Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, N.C.

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1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Crystal MSRChapter OneJee-sus called my na-ame
Early in the morning

Crystal Brown rocked with the beat as she stood in the front row of the gospel choir. Her best friend, Pat, was leading what had to be the last song of the morning. Victory Tabernacle's air-conditioning, which had never worked that well, was down again, and droplets of sweat ran down Crystal's body under the gray-and-gold robes.

I heard him call my na-ame
Early in the morning

Crystal watched as Sister Mason lifted a large brown hand to chase a fly buzzing around her newly straightened hair, the tambourine in her other hand never missing a beat as it slapped against her thigh.

Jee-sus called my na-ame
Early in the morning

Reverend Curry was already on his feet and making his way to the pulpit as the congregation ended the song in joyful unison.

And I-I will fol-ol-low Him

"Praise His holy name." Reverend Curry's deep voice filled the church.

There was a chorus of amens as the congregation responded.

"Before we leave this morning" — Reverend Curry patted the perspiration from his forehead — "let us thank the Lord one more time for the blessings He has bestowed on us. Let us bow our heads in prayer one more time, even though we know that we cannot thank Him enough..."

More amens followed and Sister Jenkins raised her hands to the heavens, the nearly white palms contrasting sharply with the rich darkness of her face.

"Lord, walk with us today wherever we may go..." Reverend Curry's eyes were closed. "Keep our feet from straying and our minds on higher ground..."

Crystal glanced at the big clock in the back of the church. It was twelve-thirty, shewould have a good hour to get to the studio.

"Let men walk in love with their wives and let parents walk in love with their children...Let us feel Your presence no matter how high we stand or how low..."

Crystal glanced over at Loretta and saw the only White woman in the church sitting with her head bowed.

"Let us understand that there is no greater gift in the world than Your sweet mercy...and no greater words in all the world than these we offer today."

There was a shuffling about as the entire congregation stood.

"Our Father, Who art in heaven...Hallowed be Thy name...Thy kingdom come...Thy will be done..."

"You going to do some modeling today?" LuWanda Feelings combed her hair out in front of the mirror in the dressing room as she talked. "I saw that lady out there."

"I'm going to meet a photographer," Crystal said.

"Reverend Curry say anything about you working on Sunday?"

"I told you I wasn't working," Crystal said. She hung up her robe and put it on the rack. "I'm just going to meet a photographer."

"How come you can't meet him during the week?" LuWanda asked.

"Why you got to ask Crystal so many questions about what she's doing?" Carrie Smith stood with her hands on her hips. "What she does is between her and the Lord. And she don't need you looking out for her, and I know the Lord don't."

"I was just asking!" LuWanda gave Carrie a look, then thought better of challenging the older girl. "I was just wondering what a model be doing, that's all."

Crystal watched LuWanda walk off and catch up with some of the women in the senior choir.

"That girl ain't gonna die no natural death," Carrie said. "She gonna nosey on out the world!"

"She's okay," Crystal said.

"What's okay about her?" Carrie was straightening her dress in the mirror. "Her sister told me that when they came to shoot that commercial, she stayed up half the night putting relaxer in her hair."

"She did?"

"Yeah, she did," Carrie said. "And if she thought she could have been picked to go downtown as a model like you, she would have stayed up the other half, too."

"I've got to get out of here!" Crystal looked at her watch.

"Crystal, if you meet Denzel Washington or somebody like that, you be sure to let me be the first to know about it. You hear me, girl?"

"I hear you, Carrie."

"And don't forget that Sister Curry wanted to see you."

Loretta Barrett met Crystal at the front door of the church and walked with her to her car. Carol Brown, Crystal's mother, was already there, talking with Mother Glover and nervously glancing toward the front entrance of the church.

"How did you like the services?" Crystal asked Loretta as they neared the agent's car.

"They were lovely and too long," Loretta said. "It's the same in every church. They're like football games, you can never tell when one of them ends and the next one begins."

"Child, you sure are growing." Mother Glover put her hand on Crystal's shoulder. "How you get to be so big so soon?"

"I don't know." Crystal shrugged. Out of the corner of her eye she saw Loretta open the car door.

"How you doing in school?" Mother Glover tilted her head sideways and looked at Crystal. "You still getting them A's and B's?"

"Yes, ma'am," Crystal said, knowing that her grades were mostly C's.

"Well, you just keep on getting them," Mother Glover said.

"Honey, I'm not going down to the studio with you today," Carol Brown said to her daughter. "I've got a terrible headache. Why don't you just go on with Loretta."

"Mama, I didn't know you had a headache," Crystal said. "You take anything for it?"

"I'm going up and lie down until your father gets home," Mrs. Brown said. "You'd better be getting along now...

Crystal MSR. Copyright © by Walter Myers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet 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.

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Crystal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found this book to be very good and its was a way of learning how to love yourself in the caes that she was an up coming model and it is a good book for young teen girls to read to learn about them selfs and to know more about what is out there for them and that they should love them selfs no matter what happens the reason i gave this book a five is because it was a self taught lesson to my self in ways and things that i should and am able to do in life this is why i give it five stars. this book is very much a book of self respect
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book at first it had semed boring, But when I finally decided to get the book and started to read it, it was a thriller!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crystal is a great book. I had just finished reading Slam and Somewhere in the Darkness and I saw Crystal and instantly knew it would be good. Walter Dean Myers is one of my favorite authors and he never fails in relating the characters to you and your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my teacher gave me this book i was like i have the same name (but spelled diffrent) adn in my head i was saying grat another boreing book but i was wrong it was a great book it showed the ups and downs of teen modles and had some stero types but mostly true when i was reading the part where she got to her first shout i was always thinking how would it be if i was her and what gonna happen next and how would it be if i was in school modleing then havein a mother wanted me to be something then a father who is just not happy about all of this it wouldnt be good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and is obviously in heat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any wolf can challenge, but you must be at least a pack wolf to challenge the alpha. Omegas can challenge the pack wolves or the beta. The challenge must be accepted. The loser of the challenge will recive a demotion. If they are an alpha, or beta, then they will become a pack wolf. If they are a pack wolf, they will be omega. You must not kill your opponent no matter what.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME: Cloverstar<br> <p> GENDER: Female<br> <p> AGE: 14 Moons<br> <p> LOOKS: Grey fur with ginger stripes. And,bright green eyes.<br> <p> PERSONALITY: brave, and has squirellflights personality.<br> <p> MATES/CRUSH/KITS: No. No. No.<br> <p> Rp'er: Clover<br> <p> Other: Just ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kits colours (tom) pure black with whit paw and tailtail and nose bridge. (She) brown with black tabby stripes and light tan underbelly. )) midnight noddedand ft making trip to get her brother. When back she introbuced. "Crystal meet Rain"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eww, not interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hm. Bye, then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Back.) She smiled at Rain.
sienna7890 More than 1 year ago
.i chose the story cristal because this story is about a girl that is 16 and she has a busy life she has modeling and she has school to bocuse on and she has all sorts of things to finish so she is trying to survive this one year of her modeling so then she will be done and not have to listen to the rules and do what she wants for once in her life but she wants to go through all of this because she wants this more than anything so this helps us know we should do anything in life do what you want not what other people think 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character in this story is Crystal.She wants to make it big in the modeling business.Along her career she meets Rowena and Alyceat Jerry's studio.As far as modeling, she finds it difficult to look and feel sexy.One reason why Ilike this book is because Crystal has the same interest as I do in modeling.The last reason why Ilike this book is because she goes through a lot of challenges.
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Yo that book is cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
It showed u throgh a life of a real teenage model. Who see's the up's and down's on the job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found out about this book from my friend. It is really so very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good everyone needs to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book crystal because it was mysterious in the begining and at the end let you know everything about Crystal. Rowena's death was tragic but yet sent a message to us that crystal used to make her dession to quit modeling. 'Certain things can take the best of people and u either let it or you don't thats your choice.'