Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers audiobook

Bad Boy: A Memoir

By Walter Dean Myers
Read by Joe Morton

HarperCollins
4.44 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children's and young adult literature today.

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Summary

Summary

A National Book Award Finalist

Winner of theParents‘ Choice Gold Award

A New York Public Library Book for Teens

Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children's and young adult literature today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Myers paints a fascinating picture of his childhood growing up in Harlem in the 1940s.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] superb memoir. Young writers will find inspiration here.” School Library Journal
“[From] one of the most important writers of children’s books [comes a] glimpse into his own childhood [that] is wonderfully valuable, fascinating…inspiring.” Kirkus Reviews
“Beautifully written, inspiring and as riveting as any of Myers’ fiction, Bad Boy is…a vibrant memoir of the Harlem 60 years ago.”  Detroit Free Press
“This memoir joins the ranks of stellar literary autobiographies, such as Fleischman’s Abracadabra Kid and Zindel’s Pigman and Me.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A powerful read. Will make the reader laugh out loud and sigh with satisfaction.” VOYA
“His description of his narrow escape from a criminal path is harrowing. Most compelling of all is the revelation of his struggle as a black teen to imagine a future that involved books when nearly all the adults in his life worked at menial jobs.” Buffalo News
“Myers was a great reader from an early age, and escaped into books to assuage some of his anxieties and feed his interest in writing. Titles remain fresh in his mind: Bad Boy catalogs many, perhaps inviting today’s young readers to look at them.”  The New York Times Book Review 
“A thoughtful, cautionary, and inspiring tale.” Chicago Tribune
“Teen readers…will identify with the pain in his coming-of-age story…an excellent model for young people attempting to write pieces of a memoir.” Houston Chronicle 
“Many teens will see themselves in Myers’ account.” ALA Booklist (boxed review)
“Many of the individual scenes have power…and the author’s voice and heart are consistently heard and felt throughout.” Horn Book
“Intricately juxtaposing, with wit and candor…Walter Dean Myers, in his familiar, charming voice, has crafted yet another insightful read.”  Ruminator Review 
“This memoir from a well-regarded and popular author is intriguing, surprising, funny, and almost tragic before we get to the end and discover that this “bad boy” we have been reading about really does turn out to be Walter Dean Myers.”  Riverbank Review 
“There’s a lot for teens to relate to and identify with in this funny, poignant memoir that reads like fiction.”  Wiregrass Times 

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Author

Author Bio: Walter Dean Myers

Author Bio: Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937–2014) was the acclaimed author of over fifty books, primarily for young adults. His notable works include Fallen Angels, Monster, Crystal, and Scorpions. He won numerous awards for his works, including five Coretta Scott King Awards for African American authors. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for his book Monster. In January of 2012 he became the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.44
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English