In his own words... As a boy, Walter Dean Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously-he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a... read more
This book is about this boy who loves to read. He also plays ball and is really good at it. When he was younger he got into a lot of trouble because he beat up a lot of kids in school. Then when he got older he went to a really good school. Then he got into even more trouble. He help sold some... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
This book is about this boy who loves to read. He also plays ball and is really good at it. When he was younger he got into a lot of trouble because he beat up a lot of kids in school. Then when he got older he went to a really good school. Then he got into even more trouble. He help sold some bad things with his nasty friend Frank. And thats when he stopped going to school then he got in trouble by the school. So finally when he gets older he gets all of these low paying jobs. And he still wants to be a writer so he starts writing books for articles in a magazine. So in the end he finally becomes a writer.
“I wondered if God was truly on the watch or whether religion, as well as my belief in God, would turn into yet another disappointment. I wrote a long letter to Reverand Robinson expressing my doubts. Two weeks later I received a letter from him that said, in effect, that when he, too, sometimes had doubts, he relied on his faith to carry him through.That wasn't what I wanted to know. I wanted him to give me a telephone number that I could use to call God directly and get the straight scoop. I wanted to hear a big voice on the phone say "Yea, verily, this is me, God. It's all good, my man, and will be ultracool in the end. Don't worry about it."”Author - Walter Dean Myers
I knew that the vague thought I had had earlier, that goodness and intelligence could somehow lift a person above the idea of race, was wrong. I wondered where and how I would fit in to a society that basically didn’t like me.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
Writing has let me into a world in which I am respected, where the skills I have are respected for themselves. I am in a world of book lovers and people eager to rise to the music of language and ideas. All in all it has been a great journey and not at all shabby for a bad boy.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
The “me” who read the books, who followed the adventures, seemed more the real me than the “me” who played ball in the streets.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
Reading a book was not so much like entering a different world—it was like discovering a different language. It was a language clearer than the one I spoke, and clearer than the one I heard around me.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
What I was doing, without knowing it, was accepting the idea that whites were more valuable than blacks. I knew I would never be white, and therefore I wanted to be without a race.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
Can’t you see that I don’t like myself, and for all the reasons you are saying? Can’t you see that I am more disappointed with my life than you could ever be? Can’t you see that this school is only interested in what it sees as its successes and I know I’m not one of them?Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
In a way I was mourning for the self I thought I had been, and at the same time I was becoming absorbed in the self I had become.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
Being black had become, at best, the absence of being white. The clearest thing I knew was that there was no advantage in being black.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
Being Afro-American, or black, was being imposed on me by people who had their own ideas of what those terms meant.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
Mama was my key to life. Long before my father could or should have shown me the way to become a man, she had held me in her arms in silent definition of what it meant to be human.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
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