Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
A Novel

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Jimmy and Kevin could really use a guide to life.

Their activities almost land them in juvenile detention until Duke employs them in his Harlem barbershop. Duke has rules for everything. But is he offering good advice or just more aggravation?

In the groundbreaking tradition of the award–winning Monster and Bad Boy: A Memoir, Walter Dean Myers fashions a complex, layered novel about the rules for success. Handbook for Boys is the book that he wishes he could have read while growing up. It is also the book young people need to read today.

 

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 March 25, 2009 by Amistad. 228 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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"Returning to the setting for his 145th Street: Short Stories, the author juxtaposes a sketch of the 16-year-old narrator's home life with nuggets of wisdom delivered by the neighborhood barber with wit and tact," according to PW.

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James's strong portrayals of the African-American men and boys in a Harlem barbershop aren't enough to help this audiobook overcome the preachy tone of Myers's novel.

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Returning to the setting for his 145th Street: Short Stories, Myers (Monster) constructs a penetrating profile of a community t

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