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									Walter Dean Myers

       S. Hall
Where was Walter Dean Myers

–Myers was born into a large
 West Virginia family in 1937,
 in the midst of the Great
• He didn't live there for long, however.
  After his mother died, when Myers
  was only two, he was sent to live with
  foster parents. With these parents,
  Florence and Herbert Dean, Walter
  moved to Harlem. The Deans were
  good to Myers, and as an adult he
  took their last name as his own
  middle name, to honor them.
• As a teenage African American in Harlem,
  a section of New York City, in the 1950s,
  Myers didn't have many public role models
  to look up to. He knew that he loved to
  read and write, but he didn't know that
  people could earn money by writing.
      Books written by Walter Dean
•   Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff
•   Hoops
•   The Legend of Tarik
•   Shadow of the Red Moon (illustrated by Christopher
•   Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid
•   Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights
•   Young Martin's Promise (illustrated by Barbara Higgins
•   145th Street: Short Stories
•   Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom
•   At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in
    Victorian England
•   Harlem (illustrated by Christopher Myers)
•   Interview with Walter Dean Myers
        Things to remember
• Walter Dean Myers, the recipient of the
  first annual Virginia Hamilton Literary
  Award, has been a versatile and prolific
  writer for more than 30 years.
Information on Walter Dean Myers


Example of Annotated Bibliography
• Scorpions
  (Making Decisions, Friendship, Gangs, African
  American experience)
• Jamal Hicks, his mother and his little sister live
  in Harlem. Randy wants young Jamal to take his
  place as leader of his gang, the Scorpions. The
  other Scorpions don't like the idea, except for
  Mack, a crazy kid on dope who gives Jamal a
  gun. When Angel and Indian challenge Jamal's
  position as leader of the Scorpions, Jama's best
  friend tries to save his friend and nearly destroys
  his own life. (AG)

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