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  • Bibliography:
    86 Books (5 Series)
  • First Book:
    January 1974
  • Latest Book:
    September 2021
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Full Series List in Order

145th Street

1 - 145th Street (Nov-2001)
2 - What They Found (Sep-2007)

The Cruisers

1 - The Cruisers (Jul-2011)
2 - Checkmate (Aug-2011)
3 - A Star Is Born (Aug-2012)
4 - Oh, Snap! (Aug-2013)

Fallen Angels

0.5 - Invasion (Sep-2013)
1 - The Fallen Angels (Sep-1984)
2 - Sunrise Over Fallujah (Apr-2008)

Monster

0.5 - The Get Over (May-2013)
1 - Monster (Jun-1999)

Sniffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective

Case of the Missing Ruby and Other Stories (Mar-1996)

Multi-Author Series List

Mop and Moondance

Me, Mop and the Moondance Kid (1988)
Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights (May-1995)

My Name Is America

The Journal of Joshua Loper (Apr-1999)
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins (Jun-1999)
The Journal of Biddy Owens, the Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama 1948 (Nov-2003)

Book List in Order: 86 titles



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  • Stuff doesn't know anyone when he first moves to 116th Street. But all of that changes when he meets Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Gloria. Stuff and the gang grow close that eventful year, and nothing is ever like it again. That's the year modern science...



  • Life in Harlem isn't easy, but Tippy and his grandmother are doing okay. Then Grandma Carrie gets sick, and Tippy goes to live with Lonnie, his father. Lonnie's got his own thing going on, and he doesn't have much room in his life for a son he barely...





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    They were out to save the world -- and were lucky to save their skins! If you were looking for a real ghetto dump, you couldn't beat The Stratford Arms. There was Askia Ben Kenobi throwing karate chops upstairs, and Mrs. Brown grieving for Jack Jo...




  • All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a citywide basketball Tournament of Champions. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie can make it to the NBA if he doesn't give in to the pressure. Cal knows because he too ...





  • From the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-nominated author of Monster and Fallen Angels

    When Steve’s parents decide to adopt a foster child, it seems like a good idea. And when Steve decides to show the new kid how tough he is...









  • New Ebook Bonus Content:-Book Group Discussion Questions-Q&A with screenwriter John Ballard-Excerpt from Hoops-Excerpt from 145th Street-Excerpt from On a Clear DayWhen Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem to take a basketball scholarship at a midwestern...



  • FIGHTING TO SURVIVE Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry has just graduated from high school. There's no way he can afford college, and the streets are just too hard. So he signs up for the army and gets shipped off to Vietnam. In a battlefield jungle whe...



  • Motown lives in a burned-out building one floor above the rats, searching out jobs every day, working his muscles every night, keeping strong, surviving. Didi lives in her cool dream bubble, untouched by the Harlem heat that beats down on her brother...














  • Crystal Brown has that one-in-a-million look that millions of teenagers wish for every day. Her exotic looks and special appeal make her a high-fashion photographer's dream come true. Before long her face graces chic magazine covers and expensive ...




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    T.J., his younger brother, Moondance, and Mop -- Miss Olivia Parrish -- grew up together in the same orphanage. Now T.J. and Moondance have been adopted, and Mop has to find a family before the orphanage closes and "leftover" kids are sent away. Mop ...



  • Jamal Hicks is having a hard time in school, what with Dwayne always pushing him to fight and the principal, Mr. Davidson, always on his case. He has a tough time at home, too, worrying about how hard Mama works and trying to get money for an appeal ...



  • You can call me Mouse, 'cause that's my tag I'm into it all, everything's my bag my ace is Styx, he'll always do Add Bev and Sheri, and you got my crew ...and a crew it is! For fourteen-year-old Mouse, this summer is anything but boring. His father,...



  • Jimmy hasn't seen his father in nine years. But one day he comes back -- on the run from the law. Together, the two of them travel across the country -- where Jimmy's dad will find the man who can exonerate him of the crime for which he was convicted...



  • Wanted: One low-lifed, sniveling scoundrelArtemis Bonner wants to set the record straight. He's just arrived in Tombstone, Arizona, to avenge the murder of his uncle Ugly Ned Bonner. And if he happens to stumble across the gold mine his uncle describ...




  • "Those shackles didn't rob us of being black, son, they robbed us of being human." You need land, her father had said. That way you're working for yourself. You get up in the morning and you're getting up for you, and when you go home at night and...



  • DARNELL ROCK IS not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper -- it sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell’s last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school. At first, Darnell would ra...






  • A reissue of the Newbery Honor author and Coretta Scott King Award winner's first picture book, complete with stunning new illustrations, presents the story of a dragon seeking companionship and a kindhearted, mildly incompetent, jive-talking fairy n...




  • Long ago, when the earth had not settled in its turning and the stars had not found their places in the night sky, there were three kingdoms.

    The first was the kingdom of the forest, ruled by the mighty Elephant. The second was the kingdom o...





  • After watching cold-hearted, cruel Mr. Buzzard cheat Mr. Hare, Mr. Antelope, and Mr. Crab, Mr. Monkey sets out to teach the greedy bird a much-needed lesson, in a brightly illustrated cautionary tale by the award-winning author of Scorpions. ...



  • SMIFFY BLUE IS ON THE CASE! Meet Sniffy Blue, ace crime detective of Doober City. With his sidekick, Jeremy Joe, and his faithful dog, Dog, Smiffy Blue sniffs out clues that lead him all around town in search of crooks. ...



  • One of the juvenile non-fiction books written by award-winning writer Walter Dean Myers. This story will help young readers understand that disastrous events can change things significantly. About Walter Dean Myers Walter Dean Myers is a published au...



  • Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He's seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he'll make it to the top. Or maybe he'll stumble along the way. Slam's grades aren't...



  • Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and James Baldwin have sung their songs about Harlem. Now Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers joins their chorus in calling to life the deep, rich and hope-filled history of this community. Christopher Myers' boldl...










  • May 4,1871 I am getting more and more excited and Mama is getting more and more down in the mouth about me going on the drive. Last year when I saw the guys leaving for Kansas, I dreamed I was going with them, my hat pulled down low over my eyes and...



  • June 7, 1944 I could see Omaha Beach through the smoke and haze as our assault boat rocked in the choppy waters. The noise was unbelievable -- shells hissing overhead, great booms along the shore as the navy pounded the Nazi positions. . . . A boat ...



  • STEVE HARMON’S BLACK. HE'S IN JAIL, MAYBE FOREVER. HE'S ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. AND HE'S SIXTEEN YEARS OLD. Fade In: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER. STEVE (Voice-Over) Sometimes I feel like I have walked ...



  • "What effect does [the climate of censorship] have on a writer?....It's chilling. It's easy to become discouraged, to second-guess everything you write. There seemed to be no one to stand up to the censors....so I began to speak out about my experie...




  • From the award-winning author of Monster, this collection of powerful and poignant stories about 145th Street -- an unforgettable block in the heart of Harlem -- celebrates African-American life in all of its glory. On Harlem's 145th Street, t...




  • In the groundbreaking tradition of his award-winning Monster and Bad Boy: A Memoir, Walter Dean Myers fashions a highly readable, powerful novel about the rules for success for young men, especially those navigating coming of age while...






  • Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers deftly draws a compassionate portrait of a boy's odyssey of self-discovery and the acceptance and empathy for others he learns along the way.David doesn't know what to make of his father, Reuben. His older brothe...



  • An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

    Seventen-year-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem afte...



  • Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Walter Dean Myers's baseball story THE JOURNAL OF BIDDY OWENS is now available in paperback, with an exciting repackaging!Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseba...



  • The groundbreaking and widely praised novel about a school shooting, from the acclaimed author of Monster. Multiple narratives, a personal journal, and newspaper and police reports add perspective and pull readers into the story."Questions of gu...



  • A powerful National Book Award Finalist from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Monster. "This novel is like photorealism; it paints a vivid and genuine portrait of life that will have a palpable effect on its readers." (School Library Journal star...





  • There's a crazy syncopation /and it's tearing through the nation / and it's bringing sweet elation / to every single tune./ It's Jazz
     
    Fifteen poems, infused with the rhythm and wordplay of jazz music, are paired with bold, stylized illustr...



  • Junice What am I doing? He'll take one quick look And wish he was anywhere else but here I'm already ashamed of what I think He will think of me, of the life I lead Damian Yes, she is the fruit that will Sustain me and yes, she brings ...



  • Walter Dean Myers delivers a humorous, action-packed historical novel set during the Harlem Renaissance.

    It's 1925 and Mark Purvis is a 16-year-old with a summer to kill. He'd rather jam with his jazz band (they need the practice), but is urge...



  • WALTER DEAN MYERS returns to the world of 145th Street: Short Stories to show how love can be found, and thrive, in the most unlikely places. Curtis finds love in Iraq as he struggles to stay alive in a war he doesn't want to fight, and Letha discove...



  • Gr 1???5—Karen Ehrhardt's lively retelling (Harcourt, 2006) of the traditional song, This Old Man, introduces nine African-American jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, and Charlie Parker. For example, This jazz man, he plays...



  • Drew Lawson knows basketball is taking him places. It has to, because his grades certainly aren't. But lately his plan has run squarely into a pick. Coach's new offense has made another player a star, and Drew won't let anyone disrespect his game. Ju...



  • Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR. In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing...



  • In this modern retelling of the Swan Lake ballet, acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers explores the sweet/sharp spark of love between two teens.

    A boy searches for his newfound love among the city streets, to find that, unwarily, she's been caug...



  • The itch starts when things get too heavy for Lil J. Skin popping or stealing pain pills from his mom help him relax. But Lil J's focus is wandering because money is short, and his man Rico knows a way to make some quick cash. It's supposed to be an ...



  • As the Civil War rages, another battle breaks out behind the lines. During a long hot July in 1863, the worst race riots the United States has ever seen erupt in New York City. Earlier that year, desperate for more Union soldiers, President Abraham L...



  • When you look in a mirror, who do you see?

    A boy? A girl?
    A son? A daughter?
    A runner? A dancer?

    Whoever and whatever you see"
    just put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM!

    This jumping, jazzy, joyful pictu...



  • When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either. It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress ...



  • Life's pretty good on Monkey Island. All day long, the monkeys sit around talking their monkey talk and enjoying their big-time monkey dreams. That is, except Oswego Pete, who is one slick monkey. He's bent on finding the Easy Life--a place whe...



  • Into the summer heat of New York's Spanish Harlem strides Carmen, a chica who is as hot as the sizzling city streets. When she first meets Jos, she falls for him hard. He's not like the gansta types she knows -- tipo duros who are tough, who think...



  • Eighth grade is hard enough, but when you're a Cruiser, you're really put to the test. The launch of a new middle-grade series from bestselling award-winner Walter Dean Myers. Zander and his friends, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi start their own new...



  • In the second book of the CRUISERS series, Walter Dean Myers explores the world of competitive chess as seen through the eyes of a group of middle school misfits. Sidney Aronofsky is one of the best chess players under age 16 in both the city and ...



  • Abdullah Syed Hari is fourteen years old. He loves his family and his friends. And he is a Somali pirate. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka. ...



  • Who's on top of the social food chain? How do you get ahead? Who makes the rules? Who needs to follow them? Paul DuPree is working at a soup kitchen in Harlem the summer his father dies, just trying to get by. But Elijah, the soup man, won't stop ...



  • After writing more than one hundred books, it still amazes me that I have been lucky enough to spend most of my life doing what I truly love: writing. What makes a writer? The desire to tell a story, a love of language, an eye for detail, practice...



  • Bestselling award-winning author Walter Dean Myers is back with a new book in his acclaimed Cruisers series. The Cruiser, an alternative newspaper published by Zander and his crew of middle school misfits, is alive and well. And now there's plenty...



  • Lyrical free verse by a best-selling author and Ambassador for Young People's Literature and art by a Coretta Scott King Honor recipient, the award-winning father-son creators of Harlem explore the diversity in people, wealth, dreams and desi...



  • Tags is a look at life and death in New York City, complete with a shocking end. Four New York City teens are shot down in the prime of life. They move through limbo, re-creating their distinctive tags in a Harlem walk-up so that they can "live" f...



  • New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needing to live your own dream. Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius i...



  • From Walter Dean Myers, the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, comes an all-new short story This original 20-page short story serves as a prequel to Monster, which has been read and loved by millions of readers. Word on the street is th...



  • Walter Dean Myers's Cruisers series keeps going strong! The Cruisers are in trouble -- again. The freedom of expression they've enjoyed by publishing their own school newspaper, THE CRUISER, has spread all the way to England, where kids from a sch...



  • Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death's whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in co...



  • Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Award-winning Monster. It is 2035. Teens, armed only with...



  • Powerful, riveting, and real. Sixteen celebrated authors bring us raw, insightful stories that explore guns and teens in a fiction collection that is thought provoking and emotionally gripping. For fans of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Give a Bo...



  • In New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers's last novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century. This engaging historical novel is based on the true sto...





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Award-Winning Books by Walter Dean Myers

145th Street
2001 Children's Books of Distinction Award -- Fiction
The Blues of Flats Brown
2000 Parents Choice Award (Spring) (1998-2007) -- Gold
Dope Sick
2011 Nevada Young Readers' Award -- Young Adult
The Fallen Angels
1990 South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award -- Young Adult
Jazz
2006 Golden Kite -- Picture Book Text
Monster
2000 Michael L. Printz Award -- Young Adult
2002 Isinglass Teen Read Award -- Grades 6-8
2002 Kentucky Bluegrass Award -- Grades 9-12
Motown and Didi
1985 Coretta Scott King Award -- Author
Slam!
1997 Coretta Scott King Award -- Author
Sunrise Over Fallujah
2009 Christopher Award -- Books for Young People
Young Landlords
1980 Coretta Scott King Award -- Author


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Walter Dean Myers has published 86 books.

Walter Dean Myers does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, An African Princess, was published in September 2021.

The first book by Walter Dean Myers, Fly, Jimmy, fly!, was published in January 1974.

Yes. Walter Dean Myers has 5 series.