Book List:84 titles
  • 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...


  • 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 Boy a...


  • 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 wit...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 desires that...


  • 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...


  • 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 ...


  • 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. ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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...


  • 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 José, she falls for him hard. He's not like the gansta types she knows -- tipo duros who are tough, who think...


  • 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...


  • 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 ...


  • 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 seejust put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM! This jumping, jazzy, joyful picture book by the award-winning team...


  • The Civil War is raging and in a desperate effort to find more recruits, the Union begins a draft - a draft with a difference. The wealthy can pay $300 to be released from their obligation, but the poor must go and fight and die. In New York City, th...


  • 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 ...


  • 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 caught in th...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 urged by hi...


  • 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 ...






  • 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 illustrations o...



  • The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . .And so Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of his blood brother, Rise, and his comic strip, Spodi Roti and Wise, as he makes sense of ...


  • The groundbreaking and widely praisednovel 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 gui...


  • Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includ...


  • Now in paperback. Anthony Spoon Witherspoon's first true love Gabi is prey for the Beast back in Harlem while he's at prep school. Spoon's battle to save Gabi challenges his feelings about the community--and the girl....


  • David Curry doesn't know what to make of his father, Reuben, whose violent out bursts and chilling nightmares torment his family. His older brother, Tyrone, says Reuben is crazy. But lately, even Tyrone isn't acting like himself.Then David meets the ...


  • Jimmy and Kevin could really use a guide to life. Their activities almost land them in juvenile detention until Duke employs them in his Harlem barbershop. Duke has rules for everything. But is he offering good advice or just more aggravation? In th...



  • By the groundbreaking author of the award-winning Monster–a visionary who influenced and inspired a generation–this powerful and poignant short story collection celebrates African-American life in all its glory. On one block of 145th Street, thin...



  • in Places I Never Meant to Be

    "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 exper...


  • 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 ...


  • 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...




  • Hating to leave his family behind but determined to preserve the Okalian way of life, Jon ventures outside of the Crystal City walls and seeks the Ancient Land past the dangerous Wilderness. Reprint. AB. SLJ. K. "...


  • Depicts the rich character of Harlem through poetry and illustrations in which the author and his son paint a picture that connects readers to the spirit of Harlem in music, art, literature, and everyday life....


  • 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...






  • 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. ...


  • 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. ...



  • T. J., Moondance, and Mop return with the continuing adventures of their baseball team, The Elks, and this time they are trying to win a trip to Japan by coming in first in a special international tournament....


  • 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 of the sea,...


  • 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...


  • 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 rat...


  • "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...



  • 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 descri...


  • 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,...


  • 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 ...


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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 ...



  • 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 ...







  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 Day When Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem to take a basketball scholarship at a ...






  • 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 ...



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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...



  • 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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