Street Love by Walter Dean Myers

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A story of star-crossed urban love by two–time National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers.

Have you ever loved someone from the wrong side of the tracks? Damien has everything going for him. His family wants him to date Roxanne. He falls for Junice, whose life is totally messed up. But Junice tells him that he's the one who needs the reality check.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to finding true love is ourselves.

Harlem meets Shakespeare in this fresh, original free-verse novel by Michael L. Printz.


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
Published November 1, 2006 by Amistad. 144 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adult and young-adult aficionados of Myers’s work will find this new offering revisits issues close to the author’s heart: place (Harlem with all its love and squalor), race and the court system (you’ve got trouble if you’re black and poor and in front of a judge), values for boys of color (stree...

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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.

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Myers crafts some memorable moments here, as when Junice describes her mother ("She gave freely/ To those in need, or to those who, like/ Her, were broken, and needed a fix") or when Miss Ruby, Junice's grandmother, expresses grief for her convicted daughter in a blues poem ("Yeah, it's hard, bab...

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Teen Reads

As Damien begins wooing her, and Junice --- however fierce her trepidation --- unwittingly gives her assent, the two struggle to fight their virtually non-existent odds in order to make a worthwhile life for themselves.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this book deals with issues of class, street life, love, and runaway teens.

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