145th Street by Walter Dean Myers
Short Stories

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An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
 
New Bonus Content:
-Q&A with Walter Dean Myers
-Teaser chapter from On a Clear Day
-Excerpt from Hoops

The first week of his senior year, everything changed. That’s when Mack met Kitty. She hadn’t finished the sonnet she wrote for him, but she had finished Mack. From that minute on, he was stupid in love.
 
That’s just Kitty and Mack.
 
But everybody on the block has a story to tell.

A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela, who starts having prophetic dreams after her father is killed and Big Joe, who wants a bang-up funeral while he's still around to enjoy it. Some of these stories are private, and some are the ones behind the headlines. In each one, characters jump off the page and pull readers right into the mix on 1-4-5. 
 

About Walter Dean Myers

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Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of the first Michael L. Printz Award winner, Monster, and the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He's been writing since he was a child, and he's now considered one of the preeminent authors for young people. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family. You can visit him online at www.walterdeanmyers.net.
 
Published November 13, 2001 by Ember. 162 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In a kind of literary Rear Window, Myers (The Blues of Flats Brown, reviewed above) uses 10 short stories to create snapshots of a pulsing, vibrant community with diverse ethnic threads, through all of its ups and downs.

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In a starred review, PW called this collection of 10 stories set in Harlem, "a kind of literary Rear Window. Myers creates

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Teen Reads

Myers knows his way around the not-so-nice parts of growing up urban (teen pregnancy, young love on the streets) and the rather upsetting aspects of this world we are living in right now (young men fighting in Iraq, trying hard to get out of a bad situation).

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Common Sense Media

The characters struggle to show love and caring despite often desperate situations Mentions of child abuse, fighting, gang initiation, a knife fight, and a stabbing in the eye;

Sep 01 2007 | Read Full Review of 145th Street: Short Stories

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